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Lawrence Runnalls 
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August 1988 


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Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 










A.D. 1946, A. Inv. 2476 
(Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved) 








The Eighty-Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, held in the 
10 O'clock Room, of the Royal Connaught Hotel, King 
Street, Hamilton, Ontario, on April 24th and 25th, 1946. 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald Van Every Conover Grand Z.] r A 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand H.}- n -i 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand J.J ^ ouncl1 


Most Ex. Comps. Edwin Smith; Walter G. Price; George L. Gardiner; 

Llewellyn F. Stephens, John M. Burden and R. B. Dargavel. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Garnet Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. George Lawrence Gardiner Grand Historian 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. John Buchanan Moore Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Venning Higginbottom Gr. Principal Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry Pearl Grant Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

V. Ex. Comp. W. Ledger as Asst. Grand Scribe E. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Spratt Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. K. Woodward as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. William M. Creech Grand Sword Bearer 

V. Ex. Comp. Luman Sherwood Grand Master 4th Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Henry Mooney Grand Master 3rd Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. William Earl Bradt , Grand Master 2nd Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Hind Grand Master 1st Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Ernest Woodstock Grand Standard Bearer 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Burdette Thompson Gr. Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Perkins as Asst. Gr. Director of Cer. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham as Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. Henry William Hewett Grand Pursuivant 

Ex. Comp. Claude R. Lloyd Grand Outer Guard 


R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Bloomfield St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Edmund John Marshall London " " 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Alfred Hillary Wilson " " 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. James Taylor Thomas Wellington " 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred James Rowney Hamilton 5 

R. Ex. Comp. James Swanson Huron " 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Magder Niagara " 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Eugene Grose Toronto East " 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Arnold Cook Toronto West " " 8a 

R. Ex. Comp. Walter Charles Gorsline Georgian " 9 

R. Ex. Comp. James Elwood Girven Ontario " 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Charles Edgar Goodwin, Prince Edward ' 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Thos. Nelson Clarke St. Lawrence 

R. Ex. Comp. Peter Orville McLaren Ottawa 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Albert Eden Rutledge, New Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Archibald George Tipper Temiskaming ' 16 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Eighty-Eighth Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada was 
opened in Ample Form at ten o'clock a.m. 


The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. E. B. Thompson.. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Quebec: Most 
Ex. Comp. Arthur J. Osgood, Grand Z. ; Most Ex. Comp. Walter 
W. Williamson, Past Grand Z. and Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts: Most Ex. 
Comp. Ralph W. Copeland, Grand High Priest ; Most Ex. Comp. 
Raymond T. Sewall, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan : Most Ex. 
Comp. James Fairbairn Smith, Grand High Priest; Right Ex. 
Comp. Arthur Burke, Grand Representative — Grand Captain 
of the Host. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey: R. Ex. Comp. 
Godfrey Pittis, Grand Representative. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch 
Masons: Most. Ex. Comp. Stanley Pier,, Grand High Priest; 
Most Ex. Comp. Wright J. Barley, P.G.H.P. ; Most Ex. Comp. 
George A. Lambert, P.G.H.P.; Right Ex. Comp. Robert L. 
Donovan, Grand Principal Sojourner; Right Ex. Comp. Clifford 
A. McDonald, Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada near the Grand Chapter of New York. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio : 
Right Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, Deputy Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont Royal Arch Masons : Right Ex. 
Comp. E. Harry B. Springstead, Grand King, also Grand Lec- 
turer and our Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada, near the Grand Chapter of Vermont. 

Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario: 
Most 111. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Grand Master. 


The Order of High Priesthood of Ontario: R. Ex. Comp. 
Rev. A. S. H. Cree, President. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, of the United Order 
of the Temple of Malta: Most. Em. Sir Knight and Comp. A. 
Bert Barr, Past Supreme Grand Master. 

The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite of Freemasonry for the Dominion of Canada : Most Puis- 
sant and Ex. Comp. Dr. Douglas G. Mcllwraith, Sovereign 
Grand Commander. 

Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Can- 
ada in the Province of Ontario: Most Wor. Bro. and Comp. 
Chas. S. Hamilton, Grand Master; R. Wor. Bro. and Comp. 
Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Honours were then accorded. 

The delegates joined in singing the Hymn — 


The Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. John Buchanan 
Moore, offered the Invocation: 


Almighty God, Thou great and grand Architect of the Universe, 
Grand Prince and Ruler of the World, at Whose word the pillars of the 
sky were raised, and its beauteous arch formed. As we are here assem- 
bled in Thy great Name, we acknowledge Thy power, wisdom and good- 
ness; and we implore Thy blessing upon this Eighty-Eighth Convocation 
of our Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. We seek Thy divine direc- 
tion upon him who does preside, upon those elected to positions of re- 
sponsibility, upon all Companions present, and those who are unable to 
attend. May we all be loyal and true to the principles and ideals of 
Capitular Masonry. 

We thank Thee for Thy providential care of our homes. Those of 
us who are married, may we become better husbands and fathers, and 
thereby be of better example and influence to all with whom we come 
in contact, especially our youth. 

We thank Thee, merciful God, that our Dominion and Empire 
were spared; and that the horrible War that was raging when last we 
met has ceased. We earnestly pray that we may never forget the 
lessons we have learned at such terrific cost to our youth, who laid down 
their lives that we might live. May we ever keep alight the torches of 
democratic freedom, world brotherhood and peace which they have handed 
on to us. May those who are in positions of responsibility in the govern- 
ment of this Province and nation and other nations permit themselves 
to be guided by Thee so that Thy will may be fulfilled upon this earth. 
Amen. So mote it be. 


The delegates then joined in singing the National Anthems: 


The Most Excellent, the Grand Z., directed that Grand 
Chapter be "Called Off" to permit His Worship the Mayor, Mr. 
Samuel Lawrence, the opportunity of extending a Civic Wel- 
come to Grand Chapter and our Distinguished Guests. 


His Worship the Mayor stated that it was his first occasion 
in which he had attended the Masonic Order and given the 
privilege of addressing the Order. He spoke briefly of the 
many War efforts of his City, also extended an invitation to 
those in attendance, to join with the citizens of Hamilton in 
the celebration of the Centennial — July 1st, 1946. 

Most Excellent Companion Conover acknowledged the spirit 
of the reception and thanked the Mayor for his attendance 
and cordial invitation, and assured him that Hamilton was 
always a good place to meet. 

Mayor Lawrence retired. 

Grand Chapter "Called On". 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

The Presiding Principals of the Chapters of Hamilton Dis- 
trict, No. 5, extend to you a most sincere welcome to Hamilton 
on the occasion of the Eighty-Eighth Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. We would also extend to our visitors from 
other Jurisdictions the same warm welcome and trust their 
sojourn with us will be one of delight to them and profitable 
to us. 


The last Convocation of Grand Chapter to be held in this 
City was in the dark days of 1940, and it does seem fitting that 
the Annual Convocation following the cessation of hostilities 
should also be held in this city. 

In conclusion, Most Excellent Sir, we do extend to you, 
your officers, delegates and Companions, a most hearty wel- 
come and place ourselves at your service. 


District Superintendent, 
Hamilton District, No. 5. 

Ex. Comp. Ray P. Lehn, Hiram Chapter No. 2 

Ex. Comp. Walter M. Knight, St. John's Chapter, No. 6 

Ex. Comp. M. S. Sprout, St. Clair Chapter, No. 75 

Ex. Comp. A. D. Carmichael, White Oak Chapter, No. 104 

Ex. Comp. Thos. A. Calder, Ancaster Chapter, No. 155 

Ex. Comp. Charles Ralph, Hamilton Chapter, No. 175 

Ex. Comp. W. H. Pace, Keystone Chapter, No. 224 

Ex. Comp. E. C. Reid, Caledonia Chapter, No. 236 

Ex. Comp. Edward T. Spera, McKay Chapter, No. 243. 

Most Ex. Comp. Conover conveyed to R. Ex. Comp. W. J. 
Rowney, Grand Superintendent of Hamilton District, No. 5, 
and the Ruling Principals of Hamilton District, his apprecia- 
tion : 

Your friendly greeting and address of welcome to the mem- 
bers of this Grand Chapter are deeply appreciated. On their 
behalf I tender the thanks and appreciation of this Grand Body. 
The Grand Chapter of Canada is no stranger in this District. 
Regularly you invite us to meet with you. As regularly we 
accept your invitation. The remembrance of your kindness 
and hospitality in the past is still vivid in our memories. 

"Life is sweet because of the friendships we have made 

And the things which in common we share, 
We want to live on, not because of ourselves 

But because of the people who care. 
It is giving and doing for somebody else 

On that all life's splendour depends. 
How helpless are we in this troublesome world 

If we are not surrounded by friends." 

Please convey to the members of your Chapters the thanks 
of this Grand Chapter for their kind welcome. 


Most Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, announced : — 
"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly 
vouched for, will be made welcome during the Convocation." 



The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the Minutes of the 
Proceedings of the Eighty-Seventh Annual Convocation, held 
in the City of Toronto, Wednesday and Thursday, April 25th 
and 26th, 1945, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. 
Dean, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Wednesday and Thursday, April 25th and 26th, 1945, have been 
printed and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, 
the recorded Minutes be considered as read, and the same is now con- 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — "Thait the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation 
be changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 


R. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Powers, Chairman of the Credential 
Committee of Representatives and Proxies of the Chapters, 
reported there were 153 Warranted Chapters on the Roll of 
Grand Chapter, of which 133 Chapters were represented by 
the following: — 

No. l. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

E. Harris, Z.; L. N. Armstrong, J.; P. M. Clarke, H. F. Thom- 
son, C. H. Hall, H. J. Milne, P.Z.'s. 

No. 2. The Hiram, Hamilton. 

Ray P. Lehn, Z.; Herbert Forbes, James C. Leith, Ed. B. Davis, 
John Deacon, Robt. Buchanan, B. B. Hodge, P.Z.'s. 

No. 3. St. John's, London. 

E. D. Carpenter, Z.; S. M. Campbell, W. E. Bradt, P.Z.'s. 

No. 4. St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto. 

J. Bain, Z.; L. Horner, H.; R. N. McElhinney, G. W. Slack, 
T. H. C. Snow, A. H. Baynes, G. Garnett, P.Z.'s. 

No. 5. St. George's, London. 

W. B. Stothers, Z.; Chas. Few, H.; E. E. Hopper, J.; H. E. Abell, 
A. Cavanagh, P.Z.'s. 

No. 6. St. John's, Hamilton. 

C. Pepper, J.; W. G. Smitton, J. E. Grady, C. P. Kilpatrick, F. 
Smith, W. W. Knight, G. W. Britton, G. Worral, H. W. Hewett, 
S. G. Long, C. R. Lloyd, T. Hayhurst, Wm. Brown, P.Z.'s. 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville. 

Arthur Wesley, Z.; E. C. Wood, R. E. Hourten, P.Z.'s. 


No. 8. King Solomon, Toronto. 

E. M. Woolcock, J.; F. J. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 
No. 15. Wawanosh, Sarnia. 

J. H. Teasell, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 16. Carle ton, Ottawa. 

John Middleton, Z.; F. A. McDiarmid, C. W. Powers, I. J. Burney, 

No. 18. Oxford, Woodstock. 

L. Harley, Z.; F. A. House, H.; W. J. Ratz, J.; Alex. Wishert, 

F. H. Bond, H. H. Reid, J. R. Martin, P.Z.'s. 
No. 19. Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

J. Dickie, P.Z. (Proxy); J. P. Hudson, W. J. Rose, C. Roberts, 

No. 20. Mt. Horeb, Brantford. 

R. W. E. McFadden, A. J. W. Sherman, P.Z.'s. 

No. 22. Grenville, Prescott. 

A. I. Lane, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 23. Ezra, Sfoncoe. 

C. F. Misner, P.Z. (Proxy); W. F. Tyrrell, C. 0. Hurst, J. An- 
guish, H. A. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

jio. 24. Tecumseh, Stratford. 

G. Emsley, Z.; C. R. Swatridge, J.; Jas. Swanson, P.Z. 

io. 26. St. Mark's, Trenton. 

H. Gray, Z.; N. M. Sprague, J. A. Pow, P.Z.'s. 

~fo. 27. Manitou, Collingwood. 

G. A. Kennedy, Z.; W. C. Gorsline, P.Z. 

No. 28. Pentalpha, Oshawa. 

N. W. Purdy, P.Z. (Proxy); A. R. Wilson, P.Z. 

No. 29. McCallum, Dunnville. 

John Sebben, Z.; 0. M. Krick, H.; C. I. Lundy, J.; T. Camelford, 
W. Gray, F. B. Goodwillie, W. S. Griffin, F. F. Haney, N. B. 
Brown, J. N. Allan, Dr. A. L. Norton, R. R. Congdon, Jas. Loggie, 
J. A. Jackson, J. E. Yocom, F. H. Howe, W. J. Appleyard, P.Z.'s. 

No. 30. Huron, Goderich. 

H. M. Ford, Z.; W. H. Roope, P.Z. 

No. 31. Prince Edward, Picton. 

Dr. G. Allison, Z.; C. E. Goodwin, P.Z. 

No. 32. Waterloo, Gait. 

H. C. Ackert, Z.; H. M. Gordon, H.; T. W. Rutherford, W. Dry- 
den, A. G. Malcolm, H. R. Baer, G E. Woods, P.Z.'s. 

No. 34. Signet, Barrie. 

L. G. Layer, P.Z. (Proxy); H. J. Lougheed, P.Z. 

No- 35. Keystone, Whitby. 

A. Patterson, Z.; W. F. Harden, Wm. Davidson, P.Z.'s. 


No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro. 

C. H. Elliott, Z.; E. W. Edmondson, H.; T. A. Bradshaw, J.; 
J. E. Girvin, C. A. Sollitt, E. W. Jones, P.Z.'s. 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope. 

S. N. Haskill, P.Z. (Proxy); H. Mitchell, E. A. Hircock, P.Z.'s. 
No. 40. Guelph, Guelph. 

F. Radcliffe, Z.; C. E. Morgan, J.; W. G. Kitchen, F. Crabtree, 

J. T. Power, R. M. Finlay, J. A. Robertson, L. F. Smith, C. T. 

Palmer, P.Z.'s. 

No. 41. Harris, Ingersoll. 

H. Longfield, Z.; E. A. Weber, H.; A. Hillary, R. W. Huntley, 

No. 44. Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

A. V. Roy, Z. 
No. 45. Excelsior, Colborne. 

A. S. Kemp, Z. 
No. 46. St. James, St. Mary's. 

J. Tanton, J. 
No. 47. Wellington, Chatham. 

L. Chander, Z.; J. M. Reid, J.; H. Roach, L. H. Veale, P.Z. 
No. 48. St. John's, Cobourg. 

E. F. Fadyen, Z.; Sherman Cooper, P.Z. 
No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas. 

C. J. Schweitzen, Z.;; J. Wallace, H.; K. S. Woodward, W. Cun- 
ningham, W. Jack, J. Oswald, P.Z.'s. 

No. 55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

J. B. Hostetter, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 56. Georgian, Owen Sound. 

J. M. H. McGuire,, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 57. King Hiram, Port Colborne. 

E. R. English, Z.; A. T. Matthews, C. F. Rogers, W. A. Hicks, 


No. 59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville. 

T. A. Young, P. C. Ellis, H. McKenny, H. B. Smith, P..Z.'s. 
No. 61. Granite, Almonte. 

Geo. L. Combs, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 62. York, Toronto. 

C. M. Platten, Z.; F. E. Grose, J. Brewster, W. J. Cook; S. K. 

Clark, B. Logie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 63. Havelock, Kincardine. 

H. D. Thacker, Z. 
No. 64. Willson, Welland. 

C. E. Griffien, Z.; J. Grant, H.; J. Watt, J.; H. Hardy, T. Baxter, 

L. R. Brennan, M. F. Stewart, J. G. Frame, T. E. Middleton, 



No. 65. St. PauVs, Toronto. 

W. S. M. Enouy, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 67. Enterprise, Palmerston. 

A. Thompson, J.; J. Fred Edwards, P.Z. 

No. 68 Maitland, Kemptville 

C. J. LaZerte, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 69. Grimsby, Grimsby. 

Geo. Oldfield, Z.; A. Jarvis, J. B. Lipsitt, K. V. Betzner, P.Z.'s. 

No. 72 Keystone, Stirling. 

C. A. Baker, Z.; J. S. Whitehead, P.Z. 
No. 73. Erie, Ridgetown. 

Gerald Craven, Z. 
No. 74. Beaver, Strathroy. 

T. J. Kersey, Z. 
No. 75. St Clair, Milton. 

E. Harrot, H.; Rev. J. B. Moore, W. T. Barnard, H. Philip, P.Z.'s. 
No. 76. Mount Nebo, Niagara Fals. 

C. H. Shepperd, P.Z. (Proxy); C. H. Leys, G. E. French, J. Brant, 

F. W. Gregory, C. L. Dill, PZ.'s. 
No. 77. Occident, Toronto. 

C. Clayton, Z.; C. Emmett, H.; J. J. Jannaway, J.; S. G. New- 
dick, J. M. Burden, S. E. Solley, J. T. Gilchrist, A. Mason, P.Z.'s. 
No. 79. Orient, Toronto. 

Wm. Scott, Z.; Wm. Hawkins, J. 
No. 80. Ark, Windsor. 

W. F. Sawyer, Z.; W. E. Tregenza, F. N. Heuchan, P.Z.'s. 
No. 81. Aylmer, Aylmer. 

H. P. Grant, P.Z. (Proxy); A. G. Hare, P.Z. 
No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

W. J. Loveday, Z.; R. Routley, P.Z. 
No. 83. Ionic, Orangeville. 

Morley W. McLean, H.; J. T. Thomas, A. H. Woodland, A. W. 

McGillivray, G. M. Thomson, P.Z.'s. 
No. 84. Lebanon, Winghaid. 

M. T. Somens, Z.; Wm. H. Phair, H.; K. M. MacLennan, J.; 

Clive Reid, P.Z. 
No. 88. MacNabb, Dresden. 

W. E. Hopper, H.; R. Cadwallader, E. R. Paling, T. Tiffin, R. R. 

Dusten, G. E. Clark, J. Dovey, W. S. Clapp, S. Hanks, P.Z.'s. 
No. 90 Golden, Kenora. 

C. Letman, P.Z. (Proxy); J. Lofthouse, P.Z. 
No. 95. Tuscan, Sudbury. 

Geo. T. Seeker, P.Z. (Proxy); C. B. Decks, Geo. Shute, P.Z.'s. 


No. 102. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

V. B. Bizley, Z. 

No. 103. St. John's, North Bay. 

W. R. Cooper, Z.; E. A. Rutledge, P.Z. 

No. 104. White Oak, Oakville. 

A. D. Carmichael, Z.; J. G. Hadden, Geo. C. Gibson, R. M. Smith", 

No. 113. Covenant, Cornwall. 

G. E. McCutcheon, Z.; A. Mitchell, P.Z. 

No. 114. Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

J. P. Morrison, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 115. Brant, Paris. 

W. D. Foulds, Z.; S. McPherson, H.; Clifford Naylor, J.; W. W. 
Tough, J. L. Churchill, P.Z.'s. 

No. 116. Maple, Carleton Place. 

H. E. Menzies, P.Z. (Proxy); C. G. Dowdell, J. W. Morphy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener. 

W. J. Hogan, Z.; G. H. Shannon, H.; F. C. Hewitt, J.; W. R. 
Cooper, W. G. Duench,, A. C. Mason, Edwin Downing, W. J. 
Leach, R. J. Brown, A. E. King, B. M. McNaughton, B. W. Butt, 
S. Halfyan, P.Z.'s. 

No. 119. King Cyrus, Leamington. 

C. Tofflemire, Z.; A. S. H. Cree, G. Bloomfield, G. F. Marsh, E. H. 
Brennan, H. E. McClellan, P.Z.'s. 

No. 129. Elliott, Mitchell. 

N. Stacey, Z.; N. Davidson, H.; J. H. Stacey, J.; L. Edighoffer, 
H. A. Mitton, W. F. Elliot, F. Porterfield, P.Z.'s. 

No. 130. Chantry, Southampton. 

C. E. Schwartz, P.Z. (Proxy); C. Fotheringham, P.Z. 

No. 131. Amabel, Wiarton. 

W. M. Lee, P.Z. (Proxy); John V. Mills, P.Z. 

No. 133. St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

Harry Aunger, P.Z. 

No. 134. King Darius, Cannington. 

E. J. Hayes, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 135. Succoth, Uxbridge. 

R. N. Hogg, Z.; V. M. Hare, Harvey J. Shier, M. Veitch, P.Z.'s. 

No. 138. Shekinah, Toronto. 

G. H. A. Swanson, Z.; A. W. Cook, E. W. Pearson, Earl H. 
Hughes, E. A. Snell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 140. Fort William, Fort William. 

Charles Letman, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 145. The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

Ed. H. Pratt, Z.; R. J. Lewis, H.; W. J. Lowe, F. V. Higgin- 
bottom, W. C. Johnston, W. R. Ledger, M. A. Searle, Percy W. 
Rogers, Art Chandler, E. Hewett, T. S. Westcott, P.Z.'s. 


No. 146. Bernard, Listowel. 

W. Squire, Z.; H. G. Zilliax, S. J. Coghlin, A. Dahmer, P. Fatum, 

No. 147. Lucknow, Luchnow. 

J. W. Stewart, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 150. London, London. 

G. T. E. Martin, P.Z. (Proxy); A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. W. Carson, 

No. 151. Laurentian, Pembroke. 

G. D. Schultz, Z. 
No. 152. Alberton, Fort Frances 

Edwin Smith, P.G.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 153. Sombra, Wallaceburg. 

Alex. Bruce, Z.; Jno. Burnett, W. G. Laing, P.Z.'s. 
No. 155. Ancaster, Ancaster. 

Thomas A. Calder, Z.; Albert Martin, H.; John McNiece, W. W. 

Allen, A. V. Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 161. Madoc, Madoc. 

J. Kernanan, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 163. The Beaches, Toronto. 

L. A. Woolgar, Z.; S. M. Muir, J.; Geo. L Gardiner, Thomas G. 
Mason, A. J. Stringer, H. Perkins, W. H. Ford, P.Z.'s. 

No. 167. Kichikewana, Midland. 

V. E. Lawrence, J.; J. H. McGuire, L. E. Gosselin, G. Ross, R. R. 
Wilson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 168. Ionic, Campbell ford. 

G. G. Stephens, Z.; H. D. Scott, P.Z. 
No. 169. Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

Joseph Penman, P.Z. 
No. 175. The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

Norm. McDonald, H.; F. W. Dean, L. F. Stephens, D. G. Mc- 

Ilwraith, William Mitchell, W. J. Shaw, E. B. Thompson, A. P. L. 

Goering, C. H. Cunningham, J. Travice Broadbent, P.Z.'s. 

No. 184. Hugh Murray, Fort Erie North. 

G. G. Boyd, Z.; Wm. Rostron, H.; Harry Cohen, J. H. Sampson, 

No. 185. The Toronto, Toronto. 

Donald Calder, P.Z. (Proxy); A. Brooks, Robt. Somerville, J. 

Petch, Sam Donnan, P.Z.'s. 

No. 195. Peel, Brampton. 

A. T. Woodill, Z.; Harold Spratt, R. V. Conover, R. W. Hall, 
0. T. Walker, P.Z.'s. 

No. 198. Couchiching, Orillia. 

D. C. Patmore, P.Z. (Proxy); J. H. Page, K. K. Maynard, P.Z.'s. 


No. 20:». Victoria, ThornhiU. 

David L. G. McKay, Z.; Leonard R. Marwood, II.; Cecil C. Mab- 
ley, J.; Gilbert J. Hall, H. S. Sparks, Jos. E. Francis, Neil G. 
McDonald, T. J. Davis, Carl E. Hill, P.Z.'s. 

No. 210. Kitchener, Russell. 

Fred G. Smith, P.Z. 
No. 212. Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

Arthur I. Cohen, P.Z. (Proxy); Mark L. Levy, Mort. L. Levy, 

No. 214. Vimy, Inwood. 

George Tinney, P.Z. (Proxy); A. E. Loosemore, Lome Elliott, 
R. A. Mitchell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 215. Mimico, M'unico. 

T. B. Rogers, Z.; J. L. Maude, E. J. Everett, P.Z.'s. 
No. 217. St. Alban's, Toronto. 

Stanley J. Morris, Z.; John L. House, C. K. F. West, Geo. W. 

McRae, H. A. F. Schytte, John A. Burton, P.Z.'s. 

No. 219. Ulster, Toronto. 

James S. Bremner, H.; George C. MacDonell, J.; d. L. Hewson, 
H. C. Kesteven, Robt. A. Boddy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 220. Lebanon, Lambton Mills. 

J. B. Thompson, Z.; K. Hansford, H.; F. A. C. Butter, J.; J. H. 
Dickens, W. H. Carr, W. F. Leuty, P.Z.'s. 

No. 222. Ottawa, Ottawa. 

H. E. Reaume, Z.; C. McL. Pitts, W. E. Meldrum, R. E. Isbister, 

No. 223. Abitibi, Iroquois Falls. 

W. J. Grummett, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 224. Keystone, Hamilton. 

Wm. H. Pace, Z.; W. C. Boutilier, H.; Robt. Clark, Wilfred J. 

Ronney, J. A. Atkinson, Geo. T. Lambert, Chas. Dean, R. W. 

Turner, P.Z.'s. 

No. 225. Beaver, Toronto. 

R. Wilson, Z.; Wm. Pendleton, W. J. Brackner, John C. Day, 
Ernest Woodstock, P.Z.'s. 

No. 226. Prince of Wales, Perth. 

E. M. Dowell, P.Z. (Proxy); P. O. McLaren, P.Z. 
No. 227. Quinte Friendship, Belleville. 

Bruce H. Smith, Z.; Harry J. Pigden, H.; Frank L. Walker, J.; 

M. R. Anderson, P.Z. 

No. 230. Port Credit, Port Credit. 

J. A. Edwards, Z.; W. G. Price, W. H. C. McEachern, W. H. Mac- 
Nairn, D. J. McKee, E. S. McNeice, D. E. Dyer, P.Z.'s. 

No. 231. The St. Clair, Toronto. 

Edgar C. Shunk, Z.; James W. Woodland, W. G. Davey, Arthur 
E. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 


No, 232. King Cyrus, Toronto. 

Charles R. Harris, Z.; R. Fick, J.; J. A. M. Taylor, K. N. Carrie, 

No. 233. Oakwood, Toronto. 

F. E. Johnson, Z.; A. Swain, A. McDonald Hannah, P.Z.'i. 
No. 234. Halton, Georgetown. 

Frank Cancey, Z.; W. J. Cleave, H.; G. C. Brown, P.Z. 
No. 235. Aurora, Aurora. 

C. L. Sparks, Z.; F. S. Babcock, F. E. Hope, F. D. Lacey, H. 

Stocks, R. H. B. Cook, P.Z.'s. 

No. 236. Caledonia, Caledonia. 

Edgar Reid, Z.; Edward Burke, H.; Fred Brown, J.; Peter An- 
derson, A. T. Lang, J. T. Armstrong, Ralph Lang, P.Z.'s. 

No. 238. The St. Andrew's, London. 

J. R. Arnold, Z.; B. S. Scott, H.; W. J. Chapman, J.; J. C. Wilson, 
C. B. Morton, Walter Hodge, E Clayton Smith, P.Z.'s. 

No. 239. Blenheim, Blenheim. 

Lowell B. Boyle, H.; Gordon Weidmeyer, J.; C. H. Mooney, E. M. 
Smith, P.Z.'s. 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville. 

Wm. McKinnell, H.; S. Magder, Frank Hays, P.Z.'s. 
No. 241. University, Toronto. 

F. A. R. MacFadden, H.; R. H. Pomeroy, P.Z. 
No. 242. St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

Gordon Howell, Orley Dale, R. J. Henderson, G. H. Hardy, P.Z.'s. 
No. 243. McKay, Stoney Creek 

Ed. T. Spera, Z.; Wm. M. Clark, H.; John H. Lee, Lome F. Mc- 

Dougall, P.Z.'s. 

No. 245. Preston, Preston. 

Albert Klasson, Z.; Alex. C. Hertel, H.; Frank Kreason, J.; G. V. 
Hilbourne, T. I. Illingworth, A. Jefkins, H. G. Nix, P.Z.'s. 

No. 246. Humber, Weston. 

Ernest Lunnon, P.Z. (Proxy); R. B. Dargavel, O. H. Sloan, P.Z.'s. 
No. 247. Nilestoivn, Nilestown. 

R. Stannard, P.Z. (Proxy); J. A. Johnson, G. H. Martin, H. E. 

Livermore, P.Z.'s. 
No. 248. Dochert, Arnprior. 

Geo. P. Clarke, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 249. Palestine, Bowmanville. 

A. M. Thompson, Z.; A. W. G. Northcott, H.; H. Ferguson, P.Z. 
No. 250. Thomas Peters', Windsor. 

Walter Hockney, Z. 
No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

W. E. Blewett, Z.; R. A. Bilbrough, A. G. Tipper, P.Z.'s. 


No. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia. 

R. A. Bond, P.Z. (Proxy); E. J. Marshall, P.Z. 
No. 253. Regal, Port Dover. 

Leigh J. Corbett, P.Z. 

The following 20 Chapters were not represented: — 

Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia, Ont. 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa, Ont. 

The Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, Ont. 

Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Amherstburg, Ont. 

Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill, Ont. 

Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto, Ont. 

Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay, Ont. 

Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, Ont. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg, Ont. 

Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque, Ont. 

Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville, Ont. 

Presqu'Ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton, Ont. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, Ont. 

Klondike Chapter, No. 154, Dawson City, Y.T. 

Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 

Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, Ont. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne, Ont. 

Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham, Ont. 

87 Chapters were represented by Regular Officers. 
41 Chapters were represented by Proxy. 
5 Chapters were represented by Past Z.'s. 

133 Chapters were represented. 
20 Chapters were not represented. 


There were 505 Registered Delegates, having a total vote 
of 731. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Chas. W. Powers, Chairman. 
H. F. Thomson, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Powers, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Ccrrjrrittce on Credentials and 
Representatives be received and adopted. 



The Most Excellent the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe 
E. to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Juris- 
dictions when they assembled before the Altar. The follow- 
ing Grand Representatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto ..Alabama 

M. " " Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

V. " " Percy W. Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

R. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Arkansas 

R. " " John L. House, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " W. H. Carl McEachern, Port Credit California 

R. " " Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

R. " " George W. Slack, Toronto Delaware 

R. " " F. J. Johnson, Toronto D. of Columbia 

R. " " Ken. Carrie, Toronto Florida 

R. " " Fred Porterfield, Mitchell Idaho 

R. " " J. J. Shelley, Toronto Illinois 

R. " " R. W. McFadden, Brantford Ireland 

R. " " A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kansas 

R. " " Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

R. " " R. H. Reid, Woodstock Manitoba 

V. " " A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

M. " " Walter G. Price, Toronto Michigan 

R. " " Wm. J. Tow, Toronto Missouri 

R. " " C. W. Powers, Ottawa Montana 

R. " " W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " Rt. Rev. Joseph Lofthouse, Kenora Nevada 

R. " " N. M. Sprague, Trenton New Hampshire 

M. " " R. B. Dargavel, Toronto New S. Wales 

M. " " John M. Burden, Toronto New York 

R. " " Clarence Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

M. " " Edwin Smith, London Ohio 

R. " " W. E. Tregenza, Windsor Oregon 

M. " " Llew. F. Stephens, Hamilton Pennsylvania 

M. " " George L. Gardiner, Toronto Quebec 

R. " " Neil A. MacEachern, Waterloo Queensland 

R. " " Ed. H. Brennan, Leamington Rhode Island 

R. " " Alex. Sollitt, Peterboro Saskatchewan 

R. " " Herb. Thomson, Kingston South Carolina 

R. " " D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

R. " " V. M. Hare, Uxbridge Utah 

R. " " Chas. H. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

V. " " Sydnev Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " Fred G. Smith, Ottawa Virginia 

R. " " W. J. Shaw, Hamilton West Australia 

R. " " Fred Dean, Hamilton Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. Conover welcomed the Forty-one Grand 
Representatives in suitable terms as follows: 

"It is a pleasure to welcome so many Grand Representa- 
tives of Sister Grand Chapters. I thank you for your attend- 
ance. It is regrettable that some jurisdictions are not repre- 
sented. If due to unpreventable reasons regret is tendered. 


a ' This recurring feature of our Annual Convocations is 
strikingly symbolical of the cement of brotherly love and 
affection, that cement which unites all grand jurisdictions into 
one sacred band or society of friends and companions. Among 
whom no contention should ever exist but that noble conten- 
tion or rather emulation of who can work and best agree upon 
the practical methods of making smoooth the pathway of 
peace and insuring security and freedom amongst all nations.' 
Your duties do not end with your retirement to your places in 
this Grand Chapter. A close connection should be kept with 
your respective Grand Chapters. This liason is important. 
Many of our Sister Jurisdictions have been prevented from 
being personally represented here. I request you to convey to 
the Grand Chapters you represent, the cordial and sincere 
greetings of this Grand Body, combined with the hope that 
in the year before us Royal Arch Masonry may rise to nobler 
heights of endeavour in its expression of service to all people. 
The Reviewers of Sister Jurisdictions comment upon the pres- 
ence or absence of their representatives near our Grand Chap- 
ter. They expect to receive, occasionally, at least, a letter 
report of our Proceedings and activities. In other jurisdictions 
the appointment is keenly sought and highly valued. I request 
that you make this office a closer bond of friendship between 
our respective Grand Bodies." 

Grand Honors were accorded to the Grand Representatives. 



To the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Four score and eight years ago a group of Royal Arch 
Masons representing three Chapters, the Hiram and the St. 
John's of Hamilton, and St. John's of London, met in this city 
of Hamilton for the purpose of deciding upon and to take the 
necessary steps for the future work and prosperity of Royal 
Arch Masonry in the Province of Canada. After one or two 
days of serious discussion, this Grand Chapter was formed. 
These men must have seen a splendid vision, but the reality 
has far exceeded anything they could have foreseen. From 
this small beginning, like the Great Oak which from a little 
acorn grows, this Grand Chapter of 153 well-organized and 
progressive Chapters has developed. Moreover, from this 
parent body six other Grand Chapters have been formed, 
Quebec with 24 Chapters, New Brunswick with 11 Chapters, 
Alberta with 27 Chapters, British Columbia with 28 Chapters, 
Manitoba with 16 Chapters, Saskatchewan with 24 Chapters. 
In addition six Chapters were warranted in Australia. If not 
a forest, at least a sturdy grove of flourishing Grand Chapters 
resulted from the courageous action of these enthusiastic, de- 
voted and sincere Royal Arch Masons. 

It required vision, skill, courage, knowledge and an abiding 
faith in the basic and fundamental truths of Royal Arch 
Masonry to launch such a frail craft in those troublesome times. 
There was no Dominion of Canada. The idea of Confederation 
had not been conceived. This nation was, at that time, a small 
province sprawling along the St. Lawrence River and the nor- 
thern shores of the Great Lakes. A large portion of the popu- 
lation owed allegiance to a faith which was, if not hostile, at 
least indifferent to the principles of the Royal Craft. Methods 
of inter-communication were slow. The vast hinterland of 
Upper Canada was a wilderness where scattered settlers were 
slowly and painfully hewing their farms from the forest. The 
Great Western Plains were populated with nomade Indians with 
small struggling settlements around a few of the scattered 


fur trading posts. Surely these Royal Arch ancestors of ours 
were endowed with a wondrous vision and a marvellous courage. 
To-day with the exception of a few of their leaders their names 
are forgotten. Is it too late now to collect some information 
about these men, their ideas, their hopes, their inspiring prin- 
ciples ? Such information would be of great interest if it could 
be collected and preserved in the archives of Grand Chapter. 

This City of Hamilton was a small struggling community, 
just recently connected with adjacent communities by a rail- 
road. Yet in the short space of eighty-eight years it has grown 
to be a manufacturing metropolis known as 'The Sheffield" of 
Canada. To this great city and its citizens I pay a tribute of 
respect and admiration. Your contribution in men, in money, 
in material during the last six years has been a very important 
factor in the magnificent war effort of our beloved country and 
Empire. The sons of Hamilton were in the forefront of the 
battle wherever the armed forces of Canada were engaged. 
Their service has been recognized by His Majesty on many 

In the field of Freemasonry, Brethren and Companions from 
this city have been leaders in the Craft who are known through- 
out the Masonic world for their contribution, not only to Royal 
Arch Masonry, but to all other Masonic activities. 

God has been good to Canada and the Empire in these ter- 
rible years just passed. Despite our carelessness and indif- 
ference towards the protection of our magnificent heritage, 
Canada was granted God's best gift, the gift of time, time to 
prepare, to train, to equip our portion of the Empire's forces. 
Later in co-operation with our gallant Allies, they overthrew 
those nations whose aim and object was the destruction of our 
Empire, our fraternity, our manner of living, our system of 
government and the probable enslavement of the world. Twice 
in our generation all that we hold dear has been threatened. 
Twice in our generation the Almighty in His merciful goodness 
has granted us victory. Surely this must indicate that our 
Empire has an important destiny in God's plan for this world. 
Let us reverently and sincerely offer to the Great Architect of 
the Universe our grateful and humble thanks for His great 
goodness to our people and nation. 

A sinister fate awaited all who call themselves Masons in 
this country had not our gallant servicemen been victorious. 
The first act of the Nazi conquerors was to utterly destroy all 


trace of Freemasonry in those countries so unfortunate as 
to be in the path of their overwhelming forces. Masonic Tem- 
ples were defiled. All Masonic books and records were des- 
troyed. The lists of members were seized. From the infor- 
mation gained the Gestapo quickly hurried these unfortunate 
brethren to concentration camps. Few, if any, escaped. It 
would appear therefore, that Royal Arch Masons have reason 
to be doubly thankful and grateful to the Almighty for our 
deliverance from such a fate. 

This year, 1946, is the first year of peace. It should be the 
beginning of a new era, the era of goodwill amongst men. Al- 
ready the bitter experiences of war are rapidly fading in the 
memories of many. The world appears to be drifting rapidly 
into conditions which will once again embroil the nations in 
war. Already the attempt is being made to create suspicion 
and hatred amongst nations. Within our national boundaries, 
forces are at work which divide and not unite, who preach 
hatred, fear and suspicion of their fellow men. Selfishness, 
prejudice and greed are again showing their ugly heads. 
There is one organization whose good influence would mitigate 
such conditions, an organization which is deeply rooted in the 
life of every English-speaking nation. It could be one common 
bond of union. Men of all creeds, of varying social and mone- 
tary status meet around our altars and from that one common 
starting point, could lead our communities, our countries, to 
a more tolerant and unselfish way of life. Royal Arch Masonry, 
if it would speak with a united voice, could give that leader- 
ship so necessary to bring peace. Our nation and the world 
at large, needs as never before, the beneficent influence of Free- 
masonry to bind up the broken hearts, to show to the world 
at large that a sincere belief in the Brotherhood of Man and 
the Fatherhood of God, is the only framework upon which it 
is possible to build peace and security amongst the nations, and 
to secure for posterity those freedoms which are our heritage. 


It is with sorrowful hearts that once again the record of 
the Grim Reaper must be mentioned. While amongst the ac- 
tive officers of Grand Chapter, only the name of one is added 
this year to the record in the book of remembrance, amongst 
the Constituent Chapters the toll has been a heavy one. More- 
over, many of our bravest and best have paid the supreme 
sacrifice on the battlefields of the world since our last Con- 


vocation. While these young men, in many cases, were not 
enrolled in the assemblage of the Holy Royal Arch Chapters, 
their sacrifice was made in defence of all we hold dearest and 
best. We do not mourn for them as those who have no hope. 
The principles of our Craft brings to our hearts a strong, a 
sure belief that they have passed over to the other shore. 
Their memories are cherished in our hearts. Their lives will 
be an example to the Craft of faithful and unselfish service. 
Wordsworth's poem, "The Excursion", has this thought. 

"And when the stream 
Which overflowed the soul was passed away, 
A consciousness remained that it had kept 
Deposited upon the silent shore 
Of memory, images and precious thoughts 
That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed." 

R. Excellent Companion Francis McLean was exalted to the 
Grand Chapter above on January 6th, 1946. One of our true 
and trusty Companions is no more with us. For many years 
he had been an active officer of this Grand Body. His reports 
on the Condition of Capitular Masonry will long be remem- 
bered. He was a Past Master of Zetland Lodge, a Past District 
Deputy Grand Master of Toronto District "C", Past Grand 
Master of the Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters of On- 
tario, a Past First Principal of The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 
145, Royal Arch Masons of Canada, a Past Grand Superintend- 
ent of Toronto District, No. 8 of this Grand Chapter in 1929, 
and Past President of the Principals' Association of the Toronto 
Districts. After serving several years on the Executive Com- 
mittee of this Grand Chapter he was made an Honourary Mem- 
ber in 1942. Truly, his life was expressed in these words of 
the poet Bryant: 

"So live that when thy summons comes to join 
The innumerable Caravan, which moves 
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take 
His chamber in the silent halls of death. 
Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night 
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed 
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, 
Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch 
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams." 

Grand Representatives 

It is recorded with regret that five Representatives of this 
Grand Chapter near other Grand Chapters, were called to the 
Grand Chapter above, during the past year. Their sterling 


service to this Grand Body has been proven time and again. 
The sympathy of this Grand Chapter is extended to their 

This tribute is paid to the memory of the Grand Represen- 
tatives, who, during the year, have been called from their 
labours here below to enter into their reward in the Celestial 
Grand Chapter above. 

"Companions, beloved, your hearts of gold 
From us no tie can sever; 
Dauntless you leapt to heights untold, 
Dying, you live forever." 

— Anon. 

Commissions were granted to the undermentioned Grand 
Representatives of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada near: 

The Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria to V. Em. Comp. Allan 
Grant, P.P.C.G.P., East Kew, Melbourne, Australia. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia to Ex. Comp. 
Fitzhugh L. Grimstead, Norfolk, Virginia. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan to Most 
Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson, Regina, Saskatchewan. 

The Most Excellent Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State 
of Florida to Ex. Comp. H. J. Wendland, Bradinton, Florida. 


I approved 120 Dispensations as follows: 

Nine to attend Divine Service. 

Fifty-five to change date or hour for holding Regular Convocation. 

Twenty-five to hold "At-Homes" or "Social Functions". 

Eighteen for the advancement of officers as required by the Con- 

Seven to consider waiver of Jurisdiction on account of non-residence. 

Four for the Installation of Officers on a day other than provided 
in their By-Laws. 

One to hold a Lodge and confer the M.E.M. Degree in a Dedicated 
Craft Lodge Room. 

One to hold Convocations in a building, other than a dedicated 
Masonic Room, as the Masonic Hall had been destroyed by fire. 



I ruled that, as the Past Masters' Degree is not recognized 
as part of the ceremonies of the Royal Craft in this Jurisdic- 
tion, a dispensation, to confer this degree upon Royal Arch 
Masons of this Jurisdiction in a Chapter owing allegiance to 
the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada, cannot be 
granted. Nevertheless, if the Companions of a Sister Grand 
Jurisdiction desire to visit a Chapter and exemplify the Past 
Masters' Degree as a form of instruction in Masonic Education, 
after the Chapter was duly closed, permission would be granted. 

This is the third time that this ruling has been promul- 
gated. The ruling of Most Ex. Comp. John Ross Robertson 
is given on page 25 of the Proceedings of this Grand Chapter 
in 1895. Again in 1929 Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith ruled 
that the degrees should not be conferred. Despite this, there 
appears to be a need for clarification. Recently it has come 
to our notice that the degree is being conferred in this Juris- 
diction. Although it is called exemplification, an oath of 
secrecy is taken by all who have not received the degree and 
a card or certificate of membership of identification is granted. 
This would appear to be a direct violation of the above rulings, 
and. must be discontinued. Visits between Companions of dif- 
ferent jurisdictions are productive of very great good. They 
cement fraternal and international friendships and every en- 
couragement should be given so that they may increase their 

It would appear necessary to rule as folows: That, if a 
group of Royal Arch Masons wish to visit in another juris- 
diction or receive a visit from a group from another jurisdic- 
tion for the purpose of exemplifying a degree or degrees, such 
a group must, through the Grand Scribe E., obtain the per- 
mission of the Grand First Principal and Grand High Priest 
of their respective Grand Chapters. It must be distinctly un- 
derstood that the conferring of degrees not recognized in this 
Jurisdiction cannot be condoned. 

I ruled that a Master Mason is permitted to place his ap- 
plication for exaltation in the home town of his parents, this 
being his residence, although he has been in the Armed Forces 
for three and a half years. 

I refused a Dispensation for exaltation in a Chapter other 
than a Chapter nearest the place of residence. An applicant 


must secure a waiver of Jurisdiction from the Chapter nearest 
his former residence, as provided by Section 233 of the Con- 
stitution. \i ■ 

I ruled that no Dispensation is required for an emergent 
Convocation, if placed upon a regular summons, or convening 
summons issued seven days previous to the Convocation (Sec- 
tion 172 of the Constitution). 

It has also been revealed that certain over-zealous Royal 
Arch Masons have been circulating, through unauthorized chan- 
nels, pamphlets purporting to show to non-members the ad- 
vantages of Royal Arch Masonry. This is a very laudable 
endeavour, provided, the material used in the pamphlet is not 
critical or derogatory towards other branches and systems of 
Masonry, and provided that the method of circulation is regu- 
lar and authorized. It is therefore necessary to rule that all 
pamphlets, brochures or printed matter which have as their 
object the solicitation of applications for membership in Chap- 
ters in this Jurisdiction, must be approved by the Grand First 

As a matter of common courtesy the mailing lists of other 
Masonic bodies should not be used without their consent for 
the circulation of our literature, no matter how commendable. 

Long Service Jewels 

It was a privilege to award Long Service Jewels to those 
veterans who have served this Grand Jurisdiction so faithfully 
and well. Whenever possible I endeavoured to present the 50- 
year Jewels. I deemed it an honour to be permitted to person- 
ally greet these faithful Companions on your behalf, and to 
convey to them congratulations and commendation on their 
long and faithful labours on behalf of the Royal Craft. 

Jewels were awarded to the undermentioned : — 

Fifty year an Installed Z., 50-year Gold Bar added to Jewel, to V. Ex. 
Comp. Wm. H. Demuth, 1894-1944, of Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port 
Arthur, Ontario. 

Fifty-Year Jewels — Exalted a Royal Arch Mason 50 years: — 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry Samuel King, 1894-1944, St. Andrew and St. 
John Chapter, No. 4, Toronto, Ontario. 

Comp. Thos. Argue, 1893-1943, Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, 


Comp. Robert William Watchow, 1884-1935, Maitland Chapter, No. 
68, Kemptville, Ontario. 

Comp. Ernest S. Wigle, 1895-1945, and Comp. John Sale, 1895-1945, 
Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, Ontario. 

Comp. William Lindsay Leroy, 1895-19-.5, St. John's Chapter, No. 112, 
Morrisburg, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. Jas. Anderson Phillips, 1895-1944, The Moira Chapter, 
No. 7, Belleville, Ontario. 

Comp. Herbert M. Love, 1896-1946, Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31 v 
Picton, Ontario. 

Twenty-Five Year Jewels were granted to the undermentioned: 

R. Ex. Comp. Harvey J. Milne, 1919, Ancient Frontenac and Catara- 
qui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. Francis S. Campbell, 1918; R. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Liver- 
more, 1919; Ex. Comp. J. Birnie Smith, 1920; V. Ex. Comp. 
Harry E. Abell, 1921, of St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, 

Ex. Comp. Richard Wilson, 1920, Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, 
St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. John C. Lennox, 1919; Ex. Comp. Henry Roberts, 1921, 
Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. Edward A. Pearce, 1917-1919; Ex. Comp. H. M. Black, Z. 
of Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ontario, 1919; Ex. Comp. 
C. R. Mcintosh, Z., of Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia, 
Ontario, 1919, Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. William Grant Neill, 1918, Prince Edward Chapter, No. 
31, Picton, Ontario. 

V. Ex. Comp. John Porter Stuart, 1918, Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, 
Gait, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Jones, 1919, Keystone Chapter, No. 35, 
Whitby, Ontario. 

R. E?x. Comp. M. R. Reid, 1905, Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee, 

Ex. Comp. Martin Engers, 1917; V. Ex. Comp. Ed. Chas. Coath, 1915, 
York Chapter, No. 62, Toronto, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robt. M. Clements, 1920, Havelock Chapter, No. 63, 
Kincardine, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. Russell Wade Clark, 1919; V. Ex. Comp. Thos. E. Arm- 
strong, 1918, Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. S. L. MacDougall, 1920, Orient Chapter, No. 79, 
Toronto, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. John O. Little, 1921, Ionic Chapter, No. 82, Orangeville, 

Ex. Comp. J. F. Neild, 1921; V. Ex. Comp. G. L. McHenry, 1920, 
Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto, Ontario. 

V. Ex. Comp. John F. Carmichael, 1918, Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, 
Kitchener, Ontario. 


Ex. Comp. F. A. Wilkinson, 1919, King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, 
Leamington, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. Julius W. Rynard, 1919; V. Ex. Comp. David A. Tur- 
ner, 1918, Succoth Chapter, No. 135, Uxbridge, Ontario. 

V .Ex. Comp. T. C. S. Harrison, 1920, The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 
145, Toronto, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. Edwin Ernest Cousins, 1919, Sombra Chapter, No. 153, 
Wallaceburg, Ontario. 

V. Ex. Comp. James S. McCullough, 1920, Temiskaming Chapter, No. 
169, New Liskeard, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Vila, 1920, The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, 
Hamilton, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. Wm. C. Tait, 1920, Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort 
Erie North, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. W. M. Miskelly, 1913; V. Ex. Comp. James M. Malcolm, 
1918, Toronto Chapter, No. 185, Toronto, Ontario. 

V. Ex. Comp. T. H. Moorehead. 1919. Peel Chapter, No. 195, Bramp- 
ton, Ontario. 

Ex. Comp. C. S. Wainwright, 1918; Ex. Comp. David H. McGill, 1919; 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, 1921, Couchiching Chapter, No. 
198, Orillia, Ontario. 

New By-Laws and Amendments 

The following is a list of New By-Laws and Amendments 
to existing By-Laws submitted to me, and after due considera- 
tion approved: 

New By-Laws: 

Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ontario. 
McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, Ontario. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ontario. 


King Solomon Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ontario. 
Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Ontario. 
Havelock Chapter No. 63, Kincardine, Ontario. 
Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto, Ontario. 
Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto, Ontario. 
Antiquity Chapter, No. 91 Toronto, Ontario. 
Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris, Ontario. 
St. Francis Chapter, No. 135, Smith's Falls, Ontario. 
London Chapter, No. 150, London, Ontario. 
Sombra Chapter, No. 153 Wallaceburg, Ontario. 
Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto, Ontario. 
Lebanon' Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills, Ontario. 
Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto, Ontario. 
Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ontario. 
Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown, Ontario. 



Owing" to being retained on military service until March of 
this year your Grand First Principal found it impossible to 
visit as many Chapters and Districts as might have been. 
It was a distinct pleasure to make the following visits. With- 
out exception the reception and welcome tendered was sincere 
and cordial. On several occasions Chapters arranged Emer- 
gent Convocations in order to conform with my plans. 
Enthusiasm and goodwill were very marked. The Companions 
vied with each other in their efforts to make the Convocations 
successful. I have much pleasure in expressing my deep ap- 
preciation to all those, who at much personal sacrifice of valu- 
able time, made such excellent arrangements for these success- 
ful events. Many Companions travelled considerable distances 
in order that I might personally convey to them good wishes 
and congratulations on their efforts on behalf of Royal Arch 
Masonry in this Jurisdiction. 

On June 15th, St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, 
Toronto, was visited in order to present a fifty-year jewel to 
V. Ex. Comp. Harry Samuel King. 

It was a very great pleasure to me, as Grand First Principal, 
to convey, on your behalf, the loyalty, esteem and congratula- 
tions of this Grand Body, to Most. Wor. Bro. Charles Hamilton, 
our Grand Master, on the occasion of a reception tendered to 
him in his Mother Lodge, Ashlar Lodge, No. 247, in Toronto 
on September 15th. 

Temiskaming District was visited during the week com- 
mencing October 9th. A joint Emergent Meeting was held in 
New Liskeard on October 9th. Representative numbers of 
Companions from Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, and Cobalt 
Chapter, No. 203, were present. 

On October 10th, I extended greetings on your behalf to 
the Companions of Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, at Kirkland 
Lake. - '**■ ' 

On October 11th, a joint Emergent Meeting was held in 
Iroquois Falls. Companions from Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, 
Iroquois Falls, and Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, 
were present. All these meetings were well attended, and from 
the enthusiasm displayed, it would appear that all is well with 
the Royal Craft in this important district. R. Ex. Comp. Tip- 


per, District Superintendent, made the arrangements for the 
visit and was present at all the meetings. I am deeply grate- 
ful to him for his kindness and courtesy. It was more than 
kind of so many Companions to travel considerable distances 
to Emergent Meetings so that I could greet them. 

On October 26th it was a very pleasant duty to attend the 
Convocation of The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, at Hamilton, on the 
occasion of their 125th Anniversary. Many Companions from 
the surrounding districts were present, including a delegation 
of Companions from Buffalo. This was a very enjoyable event. 
It was a distinct pleasure to convey to this sterling old Chapter 
congratulations on their splendid efforts on behalf of the Royal 
Craft during the past century and a quarter. 

On October 27th R. Ex. Comp. F. Dean, Grand H., and I 
journeyed to Ottawa to be present at the celebration of the 
25th Anniversary of Ottawa Chapter, No. 222. R. Ex. Comp. 
Clarence Pitts, Grand Third Principal, is a member of this 
Chapter. This was the only Convocation at which it was pos- 
sible to have all the members of the Council present. The 
Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred in a most excellent 
manner upon a large class of candidates. M. Ex. Comp. Mc- 
Faden, Grand First Principal, and M. Ex. Comp. W. William- 
son, Grand Scribe E., of the Grand Chapter of Quebec were 

On November 6 a large and representative group of Grand 
Chapter Officers and Companions were present at my Mother 
Chapter, Peel Chapter, No. 195, at Brampton, to take part 
in an official reception. I am most appreciative of the kindness 
and though tfulness of these my Companions on this very happy 

It was my privilege to preside at a Grand Chapter Night in 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, in Toronto on November 
17th. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred by an en- 
thusiastic group of Past and Active Grand Chapter Officers. 

On January 18th I was present in London at the joint in- 
stallation of the officers of eight Chapters, viz. St. John's, No. 
3 ; St. George's, No. 5 ; London, No. 150 ; The St. Andrew, No. 
238, all of London ; Palestine, No. 54 of St. Thomas ; Aylmer, 
No. 81 of Aylmer; St. Paul's, No. 242 of Lambeth; Nilestown, 
No. 247 of Nilestown. 


R. Ex. Comp. Tregenza arranged a District Meeting in 
Windsor on March 4th, Ark Chapter, No. 80, acting as host. 
It was a very great pleasure to present a 50-year Jewel to 
Comp. Col. Ernest W. Wigle. Unfortunately Companion John 
Sale could not be present. Arrangements were made to have 
this Jewel presented by local Companions at a time and place 
suitable to Companion Sale. The opportunity was taken to 
speak to the assembled Companions about the Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund. 

On March 17th, the Companions of The St. Patrick Chapter, 
No. 145, conferred on your Grand First Principal an Honourary 
Membership, an honour which is deeply appreciated. The 
occasion was the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Patrick, 
Patron Saint of Ireland. The St. Patrick Chapter and their 
friends attended Divine Service on the evening following at 
Eglinton United Church. A large group of Royal Arch Masons 
were present. 

At the request of The Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, 
a District Meeting was held in Belleville, on March 22nd. Moira 
Chapter, No. 7, and Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, were 
hosts. There was a large attendance of Companions. About 
fifty Master Masons were guests, as well as a number of Com- 
panions from the surrounding District. It was my privilege 
to address them on 'The Antiquity of the Holy Royal Arch 
and its Principles". Fifty-year Jewels were presented to R. 
Ex. Comp. James Phillips, and Comp. Herbert Love, at this 

On March the 29th, Manitou Chapter, No. 27, at Colling- 
wood, celebrated their 80th Anniversary. Representatives 
from the Chapters in the District, as well as members of 
Manitou Lodge, No. 90, were present at the banquet table. 
It was a pleasure to again meet fraternally after 32 years so 
many Companions and Brethren of Collingwood and the Dis- 

On March 30th, R. Ex. Comp. Swanson arranged a District 
Meeting in Stratford. Tecumseh Chapter, No. 424, acted as 
host.. Representatives of Chapters from St. Mary's, Wing- 
ham, Mitchell, Listowel and Lucknow, were present. Advan- 
tage was taken of the opportunity, to explain to those present 
some phases of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 


Visits to Other Jurisdictions 

Owing to travel restrictions and the limitation of hotel ac- 
commodation in the summer and early autumn, many jurisdic- 
tions either cancelled their Convocations or held limited busi- 
ness Convocations. In addition, military duties prevented me 
from accepting some invitations in the autumn. 

The invitation to attend the Grand Chapter of British Col- 
umbia on June 20th, was accepted. The Companions of British 
Columbia tendered a royal welcome. It was the first occasion 
that the Grand First Principal of Canada had visited them since 
their inauguration. They were very appreciative of the visit 
and vied with one another to make the visit pleasant and pro- 
fitable. It is felt that a closer liaison should be maintained be- 
tween the Grand Chapters of Canada. 

On February 4th and 5th, Most Excellent Companion John 
M. Burden, Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of New 
York, near our Grand Chapter, accompanied me on a visit to 
the Grand Chapter of the Empire State in Albany, New York 
State. R. Ex. Comp. McDonald, our Grand Representative, 
near their Grand Chapter, and our other good friends, excelled 
themselves in entertaining us. The visit was very pleasant and 
profitable. It is noted that a resolution was presented to this 
Convocation advising the abolition of all life memberships. 
Such amendments to their Constitution must be agreed to on 
two successive years. 

On March 27th, the Grand Chapter of Quebec was visited 
in Montreal. The Grand Chapters of New York, New Hamp- 
shire, Maine, and Massachusetts were represented by their 
Grand High Priests. The Convocation was most interesting. 
The meetings were held in the splendid Masonic Temple. This 
likewise was a very happy and enjoyable occasion. 

Condition of Royal Arch Masonry 

Royal Arch Masonry, generally speaking, is in a flourishing 
condition in this Jurisdiction. All Districts report a net gain 
in membership. This is, indeed, very gratifying. The Grand 
Scribe E. will report a total net gain of 499 members, all of 
which indicates a healthy growth. Almost every Chapter 
initiated some new members. The District Superintendents 
report that those Chapters which did not initiate any candi- 


dates are in a sound condition. All reports unanimously agree 
that there is an increasing interest in the Royal Craft indicated 
by the increased attendance at our Convocations. 

Many Chapters state in their returns that they have no 
members in arrears of dues. These Chapters are to be con- 
gratulated upon the efficiency of their Scribes E. and Finance 
Committees. In a few Chapters the situation is far from 
favourable. Almost 30 per cent of the members in too large 
a number of the Chapters are in arrears, and not for the cur- 
rent year. This is a severe drain upon the resources of the 
Chapter, and places an undue strain upon these loyal and faith- 
ful members who are interested in their Chapters. This con- 
dition usually occurs in Chapters where this important portion 
of the Chapter activities is left solely in the hands of the 
Scribe E. It is believed that these Chapters would benefit by 
Chapter organization as recommended by the Committee on 
Instruction. The appointment of an efficient Finance Com- 
mittee would, I am certain, overcome this difficulty. The 
Scribes E. of the Constituent Chapters are hardworking, keen 
and enthusiastic. Their most unpleasant task is the collection 
of arrears of dues. They are not professional bill collectors and 
heartily detest this unpleasant, though important duty. The 
reading out of the names of Companions in arrears and the 
automatic suspension resulting therefrom is a very unpleasant 
task which many Scribes E. and First Principals avoid at all 
cost. If an energetic Finance Committee were appointed to 
assist the Scribe E. and have charge of this and all other fin- 
ancial matters, it is reasonable to assume, that the financial 
condition of the Chapter would rapidly improve. It would re- 
sult in an increase in Chapter attendance and stimulate in- 
terest. A visit by a member of the Finance Committee would 
ascertain the cause of the delinquency, if it were financial, 
remission of dues would be the remedy. If due to other causes, 
the Chapter would be advised and the necessary steps could 
be taken to correct the trouble. When members permit their 
arrears of dues to increase year by year it is certain that in- 
terest in Masonry is lost and seldom regained. 

There is one dormant Chapter in the Jurisdiction. The 
Grand Superintendent has recommended that the warrant be 
suspended. I am reluctant to take this drastic action. It is a 
very unusual condition, as all dues and returns are regularly 
made to Grand Chapter. There are not sufficient resident mem- 


bers to convene a legal Chapter. It is suggested that the new 
District Superintendent make one more attempt to revive in- 
terest before the warrant is withdrawn. At least the mem- 
bers should be polled to ascertain their wishes in connection 
with affiliation with other Chapters. 

It is very pleasing to learn that a number of Chapters have 
invested their surplus funds in Government Bonds, thus pro- 
viding for the ' 'rainy day" which is certain to come. All Super- 
intendents agree that there is an increase in interest, an in- 
crease in attendance and an improvement in the rendition of 
the work throughout the Jurisdiction. They are very enthusi- 
astic about the success of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund. They are gratified with the benefits which are re- 
sulting from every resident member of the Chapter being 
visited during the progress of the campaign. The Grand Super- 
intendents speak, with one voice in no uncertain terms, of the 
benefits derived from their attendance at the Grand Chapter 
Committee on Instruction. They likewise speak of the advan- 
tages accruing to those Chapters which have followed the 
recommended plan of Chapter Committee organization. 

The Superintendents have made the following suggestions 
which they have found to be practical: 

All candidates should be instructed in the work of the de- 
gree. It is suggested that candidates pass a satisfactory exam- 
ination before passing to another degree. This examination is 
prescribed in "the work" and Chapters are remiss in their 
duty to a candidate where this is not carried out. 

It was found that, where the District is large, more than 
one school of instruction should be held. In this District it 
was easier for the District Superintendent to convene two or 
three meetings rather than to assemble all officers in one place 
for instruction. 

One Superintendent visited all Chapters in his District prior 
to the summer recess. Thus he had made a survey of the 
District prior to commencing his Inspection Visits. Superin- 
tendents are not restricted to one visit in the year. 

Another Superintendent speaks of the advantages of having 
the M.E.M. and M.M.M. degrees conferred by the Second and 
Third Principals, respectively, the Holy Royal Arch degree 
being the prerogative of the First Principal. This practice is 
carried out in a large number of Districts and stimulates in- 


Still another Superintendent regrets the shortness of the 
Chapter year and suggests, if the term cannot be lengthened 
to two years, that a closer liason be maintained between the 
incoming and outgoing Superintendents. Another Superin- 
tendent found the time to travel with the D.D.G.M. on his 
Official Visits. The D.D.G.M. repaid the courtesy by attend- 
ing at the Chapter Inspections, thus maintaining a close co- 
operation between the Lodges and Chapters in the area. This 
same District suffers severely from the loss of members who 
move away as a result of business conditions. In time, many 
of these non-resident members sever their connections with 
the Royal Craft. It is suggested that in such cases the Scribe 
E. notify the Grand Scribe E. of the change of address, so that 
a Chapter near the new residence may be notified of the ar- 
rival of a Royal Arch Mason in the vicinity. 

I take this opportunity of expressing to all the Grand Super- 
intendents my deep appreciation of their faithful work during 
the past year. I congratulate them on a successful year in 
office. I trust that for many years to come Royal Arch Masonry 
will have the benefit of their assistance, advice and support. 

It is noted that certain Districts are proposing to organize 
Principals' Associations. In Districts where Principals' Asso- 
ciations are already functioning, they have been found to be 
of very great value. Interest in the Craft is stimulated. They 
form a clearing house for ideas and a rapid means of dissemin- 
ating knowledge and instructions to the Constituent Chapters. 
It is pointed out that, as such organizations make use of the 
Royal Arch Name, approval for their formation should be se- 
cured from the proper authority. In addition the by-laws of 
such associations should be forwarded for approval and ratifi- 
cation in the same manner as by-laws or changes of by-laws 
for the Constituent Chapters. 

Recognition of Faithful Service 

There are many Companions, who for various reasons, can- 
not be rewarded for their faithful and efficient service to Royal 
Arch Masonry. They have served their Chapters long and 
faithfully. As circumstances over which the Chapter had no 
control, has prevented them from attaining the rank of a First 
Principal, they are barred from active office in Grand Chapter. 
Some may not wish to serve in the highest office in the gift of 
their Companions, yet their efforts on behalf of the Royal 


Craft is of inestimable value. Such Companions deserve more 
than an expression of thanks from their Companions in the 
Constituent Chapters. Faithful service should be rewarded not 
only because it is merited, but as an encouragement to those 
who do not aspire to office and yet desire to render faithful 

It is therefore recommended that a Committee be appointed 
to study this question and bring in a report at the next Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. The Committee is to be requested 
to decide on an award, and to prepare the regulations under 
which the award should be granted. Care should be observed 
that the award should be made for outstanding service, either 
to the Grand Chapter or to the Constituent Chapters. This 
proposed recognition should be restricted to service, not in the 
ordinary course of duty. It should be commensurate with the 
service rendered and only awarded to the meritorious and 
praiseworthy, to those who by diligence and persistence have 
progressed far towards perfection. 


The approbation of this Grand Chapter is tendered to the 
Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee of Districts Nos. 8 
and 8A of Toronto and vicinity. Despite motoring difficulties, 
these good Companions transported seven hundred and sixty 
mothers and children from Toronto to the Toronto City Mission 
Camp at Bronte, and returned these people to Toronto upon 
the expiration of their holiday at this camp. The Social Com- 
mittee sent parcels to Companions on active service overseas. 
Visits were paid to the Red Chevron Hospital to bring cheer 
to shut-in veterans of World War I. Chocolate bars, fruit and 
cigarettes were distributed to these gallant soldiers. These 
generous Companions are exemplifying in the best possible 
manner the precepts of our Craft by bringing cheer and prac- 
tical help to those unfortunate ones, who although having no 
claim on our Order, need assistance and cheer. 

I wish to commend Ex. Comp. Ernest W. Pearson, Chair- 
man of the Committee, Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock, Secre- 
tary-Treasurer, the Officers and Members who have given their 
time and energy, without stint, in order to practice in a practi- 
cal manner the principles of our Order. 


Life Membership 

On several occasions, in years past, attempts have been 
made to deal with the question of Life Memberships. Last 
year Grand Chapter endorsed the recommendation of the Fi- 
nance Committee, who advised "that the funds received from 
the commuting of Life Memberships be placed in a special 
capital account and be placed in Dominion Government Bonds 
and this practice be continued in future years." The auditor is 
preparing a schedule dealing with the amounts which may be 
withdrawn from the fund to eventually provide, for all com- 
muted memberships granted by Grand Chapter. It is noted 
that Grand Chapter has commuted the dues for 3,947 members, 
slightly over 23 per cent of our membership. 

During my visits to Chapters, invariably the question has 
been raised, "What can be done about this question". This 
Jurisdiction is not alone in trying to find a solution. Many 
jurisdictions on this Continent are being slowly financially 
strangled by this drain on their resources. In the past it has 
been necessary to sell securities to meet our deficits. One 
would, indeed, be an optimist if one were to believe that the 
present financial prosperity would continue indefinitely. Gala 
war prosperity is always followed by a depression. Although 
our economists are diligently seeking a solution, it would be 
wiser for this Grand Body and the Constituent Chapters to 
make some preparation for the future. 

Your Grand Council, after due deliberation with the Ad- 
visory Committee of Grand First Principals, decided that a 
Committee to study this problem should be appointed. The 
Committee with Most Ex. Comp. John M. Burden as Chairman, 
consisted of Most Ex. Comps. Smith, Gardiner, Price, Stephens, 
Dargavel ; R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore ; the Chairman of the 
Finance Committee, R. Ex. Comp. K. Carrie, and Ex. Comp. 
R. A. MacFadden, Auditor. Their report will be placed before 
you. It is included in the reports so that all Companions may 
have the opportunity of closely studying the proposals. It is 
requested that careful consideration be given to this proposed 
change in the financial structure. During the past five months, 
amendments to by-laws of Constituent Chapters have been re- 
turned with the suggestion that the matter be deferred until 
after this meeting of Grand Chapter. It is suggested that 
where Chapters are considering the changing of by-laws, with 


reference to life memberships fees, that they give very serious 
consideration to the adoption of this plan. It is recommended 
that the report be received and after consideration, the neces- 
sary amendments to the Constitution be prepared for submis- 
sion to the next regular Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 


Early in the year it was brought to my attention that the 
Regalia being supplied to Companions was of inferior quality 
and workmanship, and not in accordance with the Constitution. 
It is also noted that the ribbon which has been supplied is not 
in accordance with the "work" which states, "The ribbon worn 
by the Companions is of mixed colours, purple irradiated with 
crimson." It is further noted that supplies of ribbon in the 
manufacturers' stocks were at a very low ebb at this time. It 
was therefore deemed that the time was opportune to stand- 
ardize the Regalia to be worn by Grand Chapter Officers, Offi- 
cers of Constituent Chapters and Companions. After con- 
siderable discussion with the Advisory Committee of Grand 
First Principals and the Council, a Committee was appointed to 
investigate and report. The Grand Scribe E. informed all 
manufacturers of Regalia that the question was under discus- 
sion and that changes in Regalia would be made. The Com- 
mittee consisted of R. Ex. Comp. F. Dean, Grand H. ; Most Ex. 
Comp. E. Smith, Grand Scribe E. ; R. Ex. Comp. F. V. Higgin- 
bottom and R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Forbes. Unfortunately the 
time was too short to enable the Committee to present final and 
complete specifications. An interim report will be rendered, 
I recommend that this work be completed during the coming 
year, and that the necessary amendments to the Constitution 
be prepared for submission to Grand Chapter at its next An- 
nual Convocation. 

Instruction of Grand Superintendents 

It has been found that the time allotted for the instruction 
of District Superintendents was too brief. There was no time 
for discussion or for a proper exemplification of the work. A 
new programme under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. John M. 
Burden has been prepared. The Grand Superintendents, re- 
cently appointed, are expected to remain after Grand Chapter 
closes for one day so that ample time may be given to this im- 


portant phase of our activities. The Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. 
Comp. Enouy, will have charge of the exemplification of "the 
work". These sessions are open to any Royal Arch Mason who 
cares to attend. 

I recommend that the newly elected and appointed District 
Superintendents be reimbursed at the usual per diem rate for 
this expense incurred by them at Grand Chapter. 

Installation Ceremony for Constituent Chapters 

The stock of Ceremonies for installation of officers in Con- 
stituent Chapters is depleted. It would appear that there are 
a few minor corrections which should be made before a new 
issue is made. It is therefore recommended that a small Com- 
mittee be appointed to review this work. It is intended that 
the Ceremonies will be ready for the installation and investi- 
tures in 1947. 

Advisory Council 

Your Council held four meetings during the year. We were 
favoured by having all the Past Grand Principals meet with 
us. I wish to express to these worthy Companions my deep 
and sincere appreciation for their advice and assistance. Al- 
though they have passed the Chair and could reasonably ex- 
pect a rest from their labours they cheerfully attended all 
meetings at much personal inconvenience. Their support, ad- 
vice and assistance was invaluable to me, especially in connec- 
tion with The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund Cam- 
paign, the knotty questions of life memberships and regalia 
and the preparation of papers for the reorganized work of in- 
struction for the District Superintendents. Most Ex. Comps. 
Dargavel, Gardiner and Stephens prepared the material for 
three issues of the "Royal Arch Banner". Most Ex. Comp. 
Burden and his Committee have prepared the recommenda- 
tions in connection with Life Memberships. My colleagues on 
the Council have been untiring in their efforts in advancing the 
banner of Royal Arch Masonry in this Jurisdiction. My thanks 
and appreciation are tendered to Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
Grand Scribe E., for his advice and assistance at all times, and 
also to Most Ex. Comp. W. G. Price, Grand Treasurer. 

Most Ex. Comp. Gardiner is Chairman of the Committee on 
Foreign Correspondence. His Review appears in our Proceed- 
ings. His most interesting Review contains a wealth of infor- 



worthy of careful perusal. The other Committee 
all present their reports to you. Their efforts on 
;' have been untiring and worthy of commendation 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

At a meeting of the Grand Council and the Advisory Com- 
mittee of Grand Z.'s on September 15th, R. Ex. Comp. C. Pitts 
suggested that in order to insure in future years that those 
entitled to Masonic assistance would be protected, a fund should 
be raised by Grand Chapter. This was the origin of the idea 
of establishing a benevolent fund. The organization of the 
Jurisdiction was unavoidably delayed until December, thus the 
earlier part of the Masonic year was lost. District Chairmen 
were appointed. The ''Royal Arch Banner" was used to ac- 
quaint all the Companions with the need for such a fund. The 
objective for the campaign was set at $50,000.00, the principal 
sum to be invested in safe securities, the interest therefrom 
to be used for benevolence and amplified from time to time as 
circumstances warrant from the general revenue of Grand 
Chapter. This would insure that in the years to come those of 
our Companions and their dependents, who need assistance, 
might be helped, at a time when the finances of Grand Chapter 
and of the Constituent Chapters might not be in as prosperous 
condition as they now are. It provides a practical opportunity 
to express in a tangible form our thanksgiving to the G.A.O.- 
T.U. for our deliverance from a very grave and sinister fate. 
It would further serve as a living memorial to those who gave 
their lives on the field of battle in order that our country, our 
Empire, our Craft might be permitted to live and function for 
the betterment, not only of our own country, but the world at 

It would likewise serve to commemorate the service of thou- 
sands of young men and women who voluntarily offered the 
best years of their lives to ensure the continuance of our man- 
ner of living in this British country. The response from our 
membership has been excellent. Up to this time $20,700.00 
has been forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. A number of 
Chapters have not completed their canvass. The fund will 
not be closed until all Chapters have attained their objective. 
It is certain that this fund will be of untold benefit in the years 


to come. The amount $50,000.00 is not intended to be more 
than a nucleus. In the years to come it will be increased. 
The charitable funds of other jurisdictions have been increased 
by bequests from individuals who desired to insure that their 
acts of charity would continue after they have been advanced 
to the Grand Chapter above. This fund will be amplified in 

the same manner. As long as Royal Arch Masonry lives in 
this Juridiction, future generations of unfortunates will not 
suffer for the immediate necessities of life. I am assured by 
the response of the Companions of the success of the campaign. 
I wish to express my thanks to the District Chairmen, the 
members of the Chapter Committees and the Scribes E. for 
their successful efforts. 

Those who gave their lives as an unselfish and noble sacri- 
fice in the cause of freedom and righteousness will be forever 
commemorated in the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

Lawrence Benyon in these verses expressed our thoughts: 

"They went with songs to the battle, they were, young, 
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow, 
They were staunch to the end against odds unnumbered 
They fell with their faces to the foe. 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left, grow old 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them." 


My year of service has drawn to a close. I trust that it 
has been of some slight service to the Royal Craft. No Grand 
First Principal could have received more loyal support from 
the Past Grand Principals, the Officers and Companions of the 
Royal Craft, than was tendered to me. I appreciate more than 
words can express your confidence in entrusting to me for an- 
other year the affairs of this noble,, honourable and Antient 
Grand Chapter. May the Great I Am, grant to me the skill 
and knowledge to serve you in the year to come. 


"Again we turn the page — another year 
Lies spotless and untouched before your eyes, 
Oh, let us mar it not, but through the days 
May kindliness and love and peace our lives comprise, 
New opportunities are ours! and may we prove 
To be God's children truly, thus to see 
In faithfulness of word and thought and deed, 
What His ideal of fellowship can be." 

— Anon. 

The prospect for the future may not be as brilliant as hoped 
for. There is every reason to believe, that by united effort, 
combined with humble but confident faith, that the G.A.O.T.U. 
will bring order out of chaos and peace and security to this 
nation and to the world at large. Our difficulties are not as 
great as those that were overcome by those faithful and dili- 
gent Companions who founded this Grand Chapter eighty- 
eight years ago in this city. Then, as now, the future was 
obscured by national and international dangers and difficulties. 
Their courage, their faith overcame all difficulties. There is 
every reason to believe that our future will be as bright and 
glorious as theirs has been. 

Abraham Lincoln, under similar conditions, had this to say : 
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness 
in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on 
to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; 
to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his 
widow and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and 
cherish a just and lasting peace amongst ourselves and with 
all nations." 

Yours sincerely and fraternally, 


Grand Z. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Committee on 'the Grand Z.'s Address, !to report thereon during 
the present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



Letters and telegrams conveying fraternal greetings and 
expressing regrets for non-attendance, were received from: 

The Supreme Council 33° A. & A..S.R. of Freemasonry for 
the Dominion of Canada., Lieut. Grand Commander, Comp. 
George H. Ross. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, of the United 
Orders of the Temple and Malta, Knights Templar, M. Em. 
Sir Knight James Stanley Hoyt and P.G.Z. 

General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the United 
States of America: M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, General 
Grand High Priest; M. Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. Walcutt, General 
Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, M. Ex. 
Comp. Frank DeLoy, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia: M. Ex, 
Comp. Thomas W. Hooper, Grand High Priest; R. Ex. Comp. 
James N. Hillman, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware, M. Ex. 
Comp. Harvey W. Bentley, Grand High Priest; R. Ex. Comp. 
Marshall M. Carpenter, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey, M. Ex. 
Comp. Murray A. Chittick, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch 
Masons, R. Ex. Comp. Frank A. Lobee, Grand King. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois : M. 
Ex. Comp. Stanley N. Wilson; R. Ex. Comp. Edward E. Core, 
Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia, M. 
Ex. Comp. John A. Jackson, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania: M. 
Ex. Comp. William R. Burchfield; M. Ex. Comp. John C. F. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont, Royal Arch Masons, M. Ex. 
Comp. Alexander Rae. 


The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta, M. 
Ex. Comp. F. J. Cumberland, Grand Z. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of British 
Columbia : M. Ex. Comp. F. A. Willis, Grand Z, ; M. Ex. Comp. 
J. H. Morgan, P.G.Z. ; M Ex Comp. Geo. Hugh MacKay, P.G.Z. 
and G.S.E. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Saskatche- 
wan: M. Ex. Comp. R. W. Kirkby, Grand Z.; M. Ex. Comp. 
Alfred A. Wilson, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba: M. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. Ben. S. Bailey, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. R. S. Jones, 
P.G.Z. ; M. Ex. Comp. T. Sellar Cook, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick : 
M. Ex. Comp. R. Leggett, Grand Z. ; M. Ex. Comp. Roy E. 
Crawford, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia: 
M. Ex. Comp. N. S. Theakston, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary ; 
M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Harris, K.C., P.G.H.P. 

All communications were received and ordered to be 

Excerpts from the Grand Master's Remarks: 

Most Worshipful Brother Charles Hamilton, Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, ex- 
pressed his appreciation for the reception extended to him, also 
to observe the great number of those in attendance who are 
also active workers in the Craft body. He cautioned the 
Brethren and Companions as to the future, remember what 
we did after World War No. I, we sat back and were forgetful 
of the less fortunate, this we found to be a terrible mistake, 
our assistance is necessary. Governments can help, but they 
cannot cure the condition. 

Re Secrecy: I question whether we do not over-estimate 
secrecy. We do have signs, tokens, etc., but the fundamental 
principles of our Masonry are an open book. We should tell 
the World what Masonry has done for us and society. I ex- 
tend the best of wishes for the success of this Eighty-eighth 
Convocation; may your deliberations be beneficial to all. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 


R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Bloomfield, Leamington, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

It is with pleasure that I submit my report on Royal Arch 
Masonry in St. Clair District, No. 1. 

May I express my sincere appreciation to the Companions 
of St. Clair District for the confidence placed in me and the 
honor conferred on me by electing me to the office of Grand 
Superintendent, and to M. Ex. Comp. Reginald Van Every 
Conover for his confirmation of my election. 

To Ex. Comp. Harold E. McClelland, who kindly consented 
to act as my Secretary, I wish to express my appreciation for 
his help and sincere manner in which he performed his duties. 

I regret that I was unable to be present on two of my In- 
spection Visits on account of illness, and at this time may I 
express my gratitude to R. Ex. Comp. E. H. Brennan, who, on 
very short notice, after conferring with M. Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, the Grand Scribe E., performed these duties for me 
at Prince of Wales Chapter and Sombra Chapter. 

To R. Ex. Comp. Eldred M. Smith, my predecessor, I owe 
sincere thanks for his co-operation in making available to me 
certain information which greatly assisted me in making an 
early start in my work. 

To save mileage and hurry the work along, I divided my 
district into three zones and held an Instruction Meeting for 
each zone. The meetings were very well attended and the 
Companions were very attentive and interested in the discus- 
sion. However, there still seems a lack of interest in the 
Officers' Training Programme and Appointment of Committees, 
as only five out of ten Chapters in the District have sent in 
reports on this work. It is my hope that this work will be 
taken up with more zeal during the coming year. 

During my Inspection Visits throughout the District, I was 
received in a very friendly and proper manner. The attend- 
ance was very gratifying and is an indication of the interest 
being manifested in Capitular Masonry in this District. The 
officers were well skilled in their respective offices and in all 
Chapters a degree was exemplified or conferred. 


Special mention is due to Ark Chapter, No. 80, of Wind- 
sor, who arranged a very fine banquet and meeting for my 
Visit on June 18. About two hundred Companions were pres- 
ent, including- a large delegation of distinguished guests from 
the City of Detroit and State of Michigan. 

Reports just reaching me indicate that the ten Chapters in 
St. Clair District, No. 1, will show a net gain in membership 
of sixty-five for 1945 and all Chapters are very active. The 
increase of new members in recent years has furnished new 
material for officers, and the Chapters have taken advantage 
of this opportunity to elect them to important offices and thus 
create new and sustained interest. 

The financial condition of all Chapters in St. Clair District 
is very encouraging. Most Chapters have found themselves 
in a position to purchase government bonds during the last 
few years, and this will act as a bulwark to carry them over 
any depression that may come in the years ahead. 

I had the pleasure of attending a very fine Divine Service 
held by Sombra Chapter of Wallaceburg on Sunday, October 
14, in Trinity United Church in Wallaceburg. A very good 
attendance was recorded and a very fine address was given by 
the minister in charge. Other Chapters held Divine Services 
during the year but I was unable to be present. 

I had the pleasure of assisting at the Installation of the 
Officers of Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, and also a joint 
Installation of the Officers of Erie Chapter, No. 73, of Ridge- 
town, Wellington Chapter, No. 47, of Chatham, King Cyrus 
Chapter, No. 119, of Leamington and Blenheim Chapter, No. 
239, held in the Blenheim Chapter Room. A good attendance 
of Companions favored both convocations. 

I am looking forward with anticipation and pleasure to the 
proposed visit of the Most Ex. the Grand First Principal to 
this District on March 4. Ark Chapter, No. 80, at Windsor, 
will act as host to all Chapters of the District, and I am hope- 
ful that all Chapters will be well represented. The Most Ex- 
cellent Companion will present two Fifty-year Jewels to two 
Companions of Ark Chapter* w 7 ho have attained this honor. 

The Most Excellent Companion will address the meeting 
on the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund of which R. Ex. 
Comp. W. E. Tregenza is the District Chairman. This Fund 


has my hearty approval and every Companion should have a 
part in it as far as within his power to make it a success. Com- 
panions, do not let us fail in St. Clair District, No. 1. 

Lastly, I wish to thank the Companions of King Cyrus 
Chapter of Leamington, who have supported me during my 
term of office, and I hope to greet many of the Companions of 
the District at Grand Chapter in Hamilton. I also wish to 
extend to my successor my best wishes for a pleasant and 
enjoyable year such as I have enjoyed. 


R. Ex. Comp. Edmund John Marshall, Sarnia, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

It is a pleasure to submit this report on the Condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in London District, No. 2. I wish to ex- 
press my thanks to the Companions who were present at 
Grand Chapter last year and elected me to this exalted posi- 
tion, and to the Grand First Principal in confirming the same. 

During the year I appointed Ex. Comp. Russell A. Bond of 
Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, to fill the office of my Secretary, 
which he has done in a splendid manner and accompanied 
me on all of my visits, for which I wish to express my thanks. 

On the evening of April 30th the joint Chapters of Wawa- 
nosh, No. 15 and Hiawatha, No. 252, tendered me a reception 
for being elected to the office of Grand Superintendent, for 
which I desire to express my appreciation and thanks. 

On the evening of May 28th I held a Principals' Instruction 
meeting in Sarnia, at which three out of four Chapters were 
represented. On May 29th I held a Principal's Instruction 
meeting in London, at which eight out of ten Chapters were 
represented. I informed them of the plans put forth by Grand 
Chapter this year, and they were well received, fruits of which 
I could observe during my visitations during the year. I ex- 
press my thanks to the First Principals of each Chapter. The 
three Chapters who were not represented I tried to impart to 
them some of the information on the night of my Inspection 
Visit. In nearly every case the desired Committees have been 
appointed and the young candidates are being put to work. 


On May 30th I accepted an invitation from the St. Andrew's 
Chapter, No. 238, to attend their At-Home. I was received in 
open Chapter, it being the occasion of their Regular Convoca- 
tion. I wish to thank R. Ex. Comp. E. W. Hall and Mrs. Hall 
for their kind hospitality to Mrs. Marshall and myself on this 
occasion, as we were unable to obtain hotel accommodation. 

On July 9th I attended a joint picnic of Wawanosh, No. 15, 
and Hiawatha, No. 252 Chapters, which was very well attended. 
Everybody enjoyed the dinner served by the Companions and 
a good programme of sports. 

On Sunday, September 30th, we held a District Divine 
Church Service in the First Baptist Church, Strathroy, when 
Companion, Rev. C. F. Smith had charge of the service and 
spoke on "The Master Builder" in a very creditable manner. 
The Chapters of the District were well represented and about 
75 Grand Chapter Officers and Companions being present. The 
members of Beaver Chapter, No. 74, and their ladies, arranged 
lunch in the Chapter Dining Room after church, for which 
expressions of thanks were extended. Much credit is due Ex. 
Comp. Robert Ostergard and his Officers in making such satis- 
factory arrangements. 

I accepted an invitation from R. Ex. Comp. G. Bloomfield, 
Grand Superintendent of St. Clair District, No. 1, to accom- 
pany him on his visit to McNabb Chapter, No. 88, at Dresden 
and was very cordially received. 

On October 29th, a very successful Chapter of Instruction 
was held in London, with R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Enouy, Grand 
Lecturer in attendance, and I wish to take this opportunity 
to thank him for his kind words of criticism and instruction 
during the exemplification of the three degrees in short form. 
I feel that Convocations of this nature should be held in all 
Districts, as it tends to make more uniformity of the work 
throughout our Grand Jurisdiction. 

I had the pleasure on January 11th of installing the Officers 
of Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252 and Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, 
in a joint ceremony assisted by Past Officers of both Chapters. 

I assisted at the joint Installation of the eight surrounding 
Chapters near London, on the evening of January 18th, and 
was pleased with the great despatch with which the ceremony 


was carried out for so many officers. It was my great pleasure 
to introduce the Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Com- 
panion Reg. V. Conover, O.B.E., V.D., on this occasion, who 
gave a very inspiring address and explained very fully the 
Victory Benevolent Fund. The Grand H. and Grand Scribe E. 
were also present with Grand Executive Officers and Past 
Grand Officers. 

I was present at Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, At-Home on 
February 4th, which was well attended by 150 members and 
their families. I had the pleasure of expressing the felicita- 
tions of the Grand Chapter on this occasion. 

On the occasion of my visits to the fourteen Chapters of 
this District, I was regularly and cordially received on behalf 
of the Grand First Principal and the Grand Chapter, and might 
say the strong feeling of loyalty, devotion and the earnest de- 
sire to extend the tenets of Royal Arch Masonry strongly 
exists amongst the Companions. 

The attendance at most all of my visits was average. 
Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, held a joint Convocation with Pales- 
tine Chapter, No. 54, on my visit to their Chapter, and with 
a combined set of officers, with R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Hart taking 
the First Principal's chair, the work was very ably conferred 
on a large class of candidates. I find that the Past Principals 
are assisting with the lectures and work which is very com- 
mendable, as this helps to keep their interest in their Chapter. 
The Officers did their work in a very creditable manner, and in 
a very few cases, needed any further instruction. There are 
still two Chapters who are finding it very hard to obtain candi- 
dates, but I feel that a little work on their part and visitations 
to the Craft Lodges in their territory will result in many good 
members being found. 

In looking over the Summary Report I find that we have 
an increase of 121 new members, but owing to deaths, etc., 
our net gain is only 47. I feel that this brings it forcibly to our 
attention that each Chapter should strive to increase its 
membership by five per cent each year to take care of these 
losses and to remain in a healthy condition, both financially and 

In closing, I wish to express my gratitude and thanks to 
the several Right Excellent Past Grand Superintendents, Grand 
Registrars, R. Ex. Comp. H. P. Grant, First Principals of the 


London Chapters, and others who were present on several of 
my visits, also those who furnished their cars when tires and 
gasoline were at a premium and rationed, to make my visits 
enjoyable. It is with regret that this District has lost one of 
its best Past Grand Superintendents, R. Ex. Comp. H. Hart. 
We all join with his family in their loss. Again thanking all 
those who assisted me in any way, and I trust that our labors 
for the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry have not been 
in vain. 


R. Ex. Comp. Alfred Hillary, Beachville, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent. 

It is my privilege and pleasure to submit for your consider- 
ation my report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in 
Wilson District, No. 3 

Let me take this opportunity of thanking the Principals 
and Past Principals for the honor that they conferred on me, 
by electing me as their District Grand Superintendent, and to 
the Most Excellent Companion Reg. V. Conover, Grand Z., for 
his confirmation of same. 

I would like to assure them that I appreciated the honor, 
and to the best of my ability, I have tried to merit the same. 

I would also like to thank R. Ex. Comp. J. M. Malcolm, R. 
Ex. Comp. J. K. Martin, the Principals, Past Principals, and 
Companions of my Home Chapter, for the loyal support and 
help that they extended to me on all my visits. To Ex. Comp. 
A. Huntley I extend my sincere thanks for his splendid sup- 
port in the capacity of my Secretary. Any honor that 
can be conferred upon him has been well earned. 

In regard to my Visits of Inspection I thank the Officers 
and Companions of all Chapters in the District, for their cour- 
teous treatment to myself and visitors who accompanied me. 
The pleasant memories of these visits will long remain. 

Degree work was exemplified at all my Inspection Visits, 
and the Officers are to be congratulated on the manner in 
which they confer the degrees, also upon the harmony and 
goodwill existing among the Companions. 

As Grand Superintendent the various instructions given to 
us at Grand Chapter were passed along to the Chapter Officers, 
and in most cases have been carried out, 


Finding it impossible to get in touch with the different 
Chapters, and arrange the class in the time designated by 
Grand Chapter, I held a Chapter of Instruction at Brantford 
on February 1st, and a good attendance from all Chapters in 
the District was present. 

As Grand Superintendent I feel that a much more profit- 
able Chapter of Instruction was held at this time, than would 
have been the case if I had been able to hold it within the 30 
days after my installation, as in this case I was instructing a 
newly installed set of officers, and an officer newly installed, as 
a rule, is far more enthusiastic over receiving instructions 
than one who has held office for 4 or 5 months. 

In regard to the Committees being formed in the Chapters, 
this has been stressed by the Grand Superintendent as essen- 
tial to the welfare of the Chapters, and the results of the work- 
ings of these Committees will be seen in the increased member- 
ship and attendance at Chapter Convocations. 

In regard to the instructions, may I offer this suggestion, 
that the instructions start when the Companion is received 
into Royal Arch Masonry, either in the form of instructing 
him privately, as in the Craft Lodges, or by holding classes 
of instruction for all newly exalted Royal Arch Masons. This 
could be done at Regular Convocations or Special Convocations 
convened for this purpose. 

The reports of the Chapters in Wilson District, show that 
we gained a total of 48 members, but we regret to say that we 
have lost through withdrawals and deaths 22. 

In conclusion, Capitular Masonry in Wilson District is in a 
flourishing condition, and may it always remain so. If the 
Companions will follow the Educational Programme in regard 
to membership and attendance your Chapter attendance will 
double, and when this is so, follow out the suggestion of Most 
Ex. Comp. Burden, "use your Companions or lose them", so 
give yours something to do. 

As Grand Superintendent I had the privilege of visiting 
each Chapter at least twice during my term of office. I also 
had the privilege of Installing the Officers of three Chapters. 

I would once again thank you all for the honor conferred 
on me. I have enjoyed my term of office, and the memories 
of your kindness to me will always remain in my heart. I have 


made many new friends in my travels throughout the District, 
which I hope to be able to keep, and if in any small way, I have 
added to the good of Royal Arch Masonry in this District, my 
year as Superintendent will not have been in vain. To my 
successor I would ask your loyal support as extended to me. 


R. Ex. Comp. James T. Thomas, M.D., Caledon, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

In presenting my report, I wish to thank those who attend- 
ed the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter in Toronto, last 
April, and who honored Ionic Chapter and myself with their 
confidence and esteem. I also wish to express my apprecia- 
tion to the Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Companion 
Reg. V. Conover, for confirming my election to the office of 
Grand Superintendent. 

I was ably assisted in my visits by Ex. Comp. Arthur H. 
Woodland, as my Secretary. I appreciate very highly his 
valuable help. He is an energetic and efficient Past First 
Principal of Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville. 

Our visits to the various Chapters in the District were 
made on the following dates: 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117 — Friday, Oct. 5th. 

Enterprise Chapter, No. 67- — Tuesday, Oct. 9th. 

Guelph Chapter, No. 40— Friday, Oct. 12th. 

Durham Chapter, No. 221 — Monday, Oct. 15th. 

Preston Chapter, No. 245— Tuesday, Oct. 16th. 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 32— Thursday, Oct. 18th. 

Halton Chapter, No. 234— Friday, Oct. 19th. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 83 — Tuesday, Dec. 4th. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218 — Friday, Dec. 21st 
Our visits were very happy ones and the loyalty of the 
Companions to Grand Chapter was very evident. I was par- 
ticularly gratified by the number of Companions who came 
from other Chapters to enjoy the fraternal visit with us. 

On the occasion of our visit to Durham Chapter, the Officers 
of Ionic Chapter conferred the M.E.M. Degree in a very 
efficient manner upon a candidate supplied by Enterprise Chap- 
ter, No. 67. The Officers of Durham Chapter expressed their 
appreciation and encouragement, and we feel sure that Royal 
Arch Masonry will flourish in the coming year in this Chapter. 


During- the year there were forty-two initiations in the 
District, with a general increase of eight. Numerically this 
seems a small number, but I feel assured that the quality of 
the increase more than compensates for the lack of numbers. 

The Chapter of Instruction was held in the Chapter rooms 
of Ionic Chapter, Orangeville, on June 20th, 1945. This was 
not as well attended as one could wish. However, the Compan- 
ions who did attend, were very enthusiastic and a very profit- 
able evening was spent. 

I am proud to report that the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Wellington District is in a healthy condition with 
good prospects for growth during the coming year. 

In concluding this report, I thank the Companions of Wel- 
lington District for their kindness, courtesy and warmth of the 
reception given me on all occasions. My circle of Masonic 
friendship has been enlarged, my vision broadened, and I shall 
ever treasure the pleasant memories of my year of service as 
District Superintendent. 


R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred James Rowney, Hamilton, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent. 

In presenting my report of the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Hamilton District, No. 5, may I first express my 
appreciation for the honor conferred on me by my Companions 
of the District, and the Most Excellent, The Grand First Prin- 
cipal, for confirming my appointment. 

To my Secretary, Ex. Comp. J. A. Atkinson, I also express 
my appreciation for his zeal and fidelity in the discharge of 
the duties of that office. 

My first duty was to call a meeting of the Principals of the 
District, which was held in conjunction with the Principals' 
Association of No. 5 District, at which meeting the various 
Committees suggested by Grand Chapter were explained and 

All the Chapters in the District were visited before the 
Summer recess, whereby I was enabled to get better acquainted 
with the Officers and Companions of each Chapter. 


On May 16th I visited White Oak Chapter, No. 104, in com- 
pany with the Principals' Association, who exemplified the Holy 
Royal Arch Degree. We had the pleasure at this Convocation 
of hearing a most splendid address delivered by R. Ex. Comp. 
Evans. The evening was a very successful one, and will, no 
doubt, be long remembered. 

On all my Visits of Inspection I was properly received and 
I was very gratified by the expressions of loyalty displayed 
by the Companions toward Grand Chapter. 

On October 26th, The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, celebrated 
its One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Anniversary in a manner 
befitting this splendid old Chapter, the guest of honor being- 
Most Ex. Comp. Conover, who at this Convocation, in the course 
of his address, outlined in a most comprehensive manner the 
aim and object of the Memorial Fund. 

On November 25th Divine Service was held at Waterdown 
United Church, R. Ex. Comp. Moore, Grand Chaplain officiat- 
ing. It was well attended, every Chapter in the District being 
well represented. 

On December 3rd Keystone Chapter, No. 224, celebrated 
its Twenty-fifth Anniversary with an attendance which was 
a record for the Chapter, being the largest in its twenty-five 
years of existence, the Guest Speaker being Most Ex. Comp. 
Stephens, whose address, dealing with Modern Masonic Educa- 
tion, was most inspiring. 

I have had the pleasure during the month of January of 
being present at six Installations, taking some part in five of 
them and am very pleased at the spirit displayed by the in- 
coming officers. 

Six years ago it was my privilege to accompany R. Ex. 
Comp. Clark on his Inspection Visits, and, while I do not wish 
to be over optimistic, I find far more enthusiasm, particularly 
among the Rural Chapters than did exist at that time, although 
the Ritualistic work leaves much to be desired. 

With regard to the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
I feel that all the Chapters will benefit very much, as the non- 
attending Companions during the next few months will be 
visited at least once, a fact which should help the Attendance 
Committee of the various Chapters. I cannot, at this time, 
speak too highly of R. Ex. Comp. Fred Dean, who is the Dis- 


trict Chairman of this Fund. His heart and soul is in this 
work and of its ultimate success I have no doubt. 

To the Companions who accompanied me on my Visits I 
extend my sincere appreciation, my work being made one of 
pleasure, that will remain in my memory for many years to 


R. Ex. Comp. James Swanson, Stratford, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

I express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Principals 
and Past Principals of Huron District for conferring on me 
the distinguished honor of electing me their Grand Superin- 
tendent, for the year 1945, and my sincere thanks to the Most 
Excellent, the Grand First Principal, for confirming the same. 
I wish also to thank the Companions of the various Chap- 
ters in Huron District for the very kind manner in which I was 
received by the Chapters throughout the District. In every 
Chapter I was received with the dignity, and Grand Honours, 
due the office, as the representative of the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, Most Excellent Companion Reg. V. Conover, and the 
hospitality shown me at all times, will ever be pleasant mem- 
ories to me. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. R. H. Davies, of 
Stratford, as my Secretary, which proved to be a popular 
appointment throughout the District, and I express my thanks 
to him for the assistance I received from him on my Visits 
through the District. I also express my appreciation to the 
following Companions for the support given me on my Visits 
through the District : R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Wilson, V. Ex. Comp. 
F. C. Ward, Ex. Comp. J. Semple, Ex. Comp. R. H. Davies and 
Ex. Comp. J. D. Hesson. 

My Visits of Inspection were as follows: — 

May 25— Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ont. 

June 12 — Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow, Ont. 

June 15 — Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine, Ont. 

Oct. 2 — Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, Ont. 

Oct. 8— St. James' Chapter, No. 46, St. Mary's, Ont. 

Oct. 12 — Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel, Ont. 

Oct. 15— The Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth, Ont. 

Oct. 16 — Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Ont. 

Nov. 20 — Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham, Ont. 

Dec. 4— Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell, Ont. 


On being elected Grand Superintendent of Huron District, 
No. 6, my first duty was to organize a committee of past and 
present officers of Tecumseh Chapter, as a Committee of In- 
struction, to visit any Chapter in the District, when requested, 
to give instruction and assistance. I, at the same time, in- 
formed each Chapter in the District of the existence of this 
Committee and its purpose. 

On June 18th, 1945, this Committee visited The Malloch 
Chapter at their request and conferred the Holy Royal Arch 
Degree on two candidates, with the necessary instruction to 
the benefit and pleasure of all present. Altogether, we had a 
very profitable and enjoyable evening with the Companions of 
The Malloch Chapter. It is with pleasure that we note that 
this Chapter, on receiving some new candidates, is showing 
renewed energy, and prospects for their future looks good. 

Invitations were sent to each Chapter in the District re- 
questing that the Principals, Officers and Members attend a 
Convocation of Tecumseh Chapter in Stratford, on May 25th, 
1945. Seven Chapters were represented at this meeting, by 
six First Principals, three Second Principals, two Third Prin- 
cipals and sixty-six Companions. The Holy Royal Arch Degree 
was conferred by a team of Tecumseh Chapter Past Principals 
and Officers to the satisfaction of all present. 

I would like, at this time, to express my thanks to R. Ex. 
Comp. Rev. J. W. Stewart of Lucknow, for the assistance given 
me in getting a start in the duties of Grand Superintendent 
in Huron District, No. 6, in 1945. 

On each of my Visits of Inspection, I endeavoured to convey 
to the officers and members of each Chapter the desirability of 
appointing a Committee of Instruction for new candidates and 
any other Companions wishing to receive instruction. Also a 
committee to instruct junior officers in the work of the Chapter. 
Some of the Chapters have appointed these committees, and 
some of the Chapter Officers held regular practice meetings, 
the benefit of which can be seen when they are conferring 
any of the degrees. 

It has become the custom in most of the Chapters, in Huron 
District, for the Third Principal J., to confer the M.M.M. De- 
gree; The Second Principal H., to confer the M.E.M. Degree; 
The First Principal Z., to confer the Degree of the H.R.A., 


which they do very efficiently. This custom appears to create 
more confidence among the Officers and Companions. In 
Huron District, No. 6, there were 44 candidates accepted for 
advancement, of which 42 were advanced to the Honorary De- 
gree of a M.M.M. ; 38 received as M.E.M., and 34 Exalted to 
the Holy Royal Arch. 

It is with regret I report, that through illness, R. Ex. Comp. 
John Stevenson, has found it necessary to resign from the office 
of Scribe E. of Tecumseh Chapter. He was a very efficient 
Scribe E., and will be greatly missed among the Companions of 
Tecumseh Chapter and Huron District. 

In dosing, I again thank the Companions of Huron District 
for the receptions and kind courtesies shown me throughout 
the District. 

"It has always been my joy to find, 

At every turning of the road, 
The strong arm of a Companion kind, 

To help me onward with the load, 
And since I have no gold to give, 

And love alone must make amends, 
My prayer shall be, so long's I live, 

God make me worthy of my Friends." 


R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Magder, Smithville, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

In presenting my report on conditions and activities of 
Capitular Masonry in Niagara District, I express my sincere 
appreciation to the Principals and Past Principals for my elec- 
tion to the office of Grand Superintendent. I have considered 
it an honor and a privilege to serve as the representative of the 
Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal. I also desire to 
express my thanks to Most. Ex. Comp. Conover for confirming 
my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. J. N. Smith as my 
Secretary, who has proven to be a very loyal and efficient 
secretary. His co-operation and assistance were invaluable 
aids in the discharge of the duties incumbent upon my office. 

On June 20, 1945, Willson Chapter, Welland, was host to a 
District Meeting, which I had called for the purpose of instruct- 
ing the Principals on the Training Programme, as set up by 


Grand Chapter. Six of the nine Chapters of the District were 
represented. The attendance was about 50 Officers and Past 
Z.'s. This meeting was privileged with the presence of R. Ex. 
Comp. Dean, Grand H., who has assisted with the work of 
Instruction. His valuable experience was a big help. 

We have stressed the importance of Committees and Com- 
mittee Chairmen, and have endeavoured to prove how neces- 
sary these are for the success of each Chapter. The Companions 
present expressed their satisfaction with this Instruction Pro- 
gramme, and I feel that a lot of benefit resulted from this 
meeting. In my subsequent visits to the Chapters not repre- 
sented, I have made special mention about this programme 
during my addresses. 

The following are the dates of my Visits of Inspection : — 

June 12 — Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie. 
Oct. 4 — King Hiram Chapter, No. 57, Port Colborne. 
Oct. 12 — Mt. Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines. 
Oct. 19— Mt. Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls. 
Oct. 31— Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland. 
Nov. 5 — Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, Grimsby. 
Nov. 19— McCallum Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville. 
Nov. 26— Smithville Chapter, No. 240, Smithville. 
Dec. 7 — Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

I was very pleased with the attendance and interchange of 
visits at each one of these. Every one of the Chapters conferred 
a degree. In one Chapter a class of nine candidates received 
their M.E.M. Degree, and in another Chapter a class of six 
candidates received their Holy Royal Arch Degree, and all the 
rest have had at least two candidates for M.M.M. or M.E.M. 

The ritualistic work was conferred in a most creditable 
manner in all Chapters without exception. The District, as a 
whole, has added 50 new Companions to its membership. This 
proves that marked progress has been achieved. For this 
successful year much credit must be given to the Officers and 
Companions of the Constituent Chapters, who have worked so 
diligently and enthusiastically to encourage the brethren of the 
Craft to share with them in the knowledge of the completion 
of the Master Masons' Degree. 


I am exceptionally pleased to report that all Chapters are 
in a sound financial position, and the most encouraging part is, 
that almost every Chapter shows outstanding dues reduced 
to a minimum. 

The highlight of my year was the occasion of my Visit of 
Inspection to my own home Chapter. This Convocation was 
privileged to have two of the most outstanding personalities 
from Grand Chapter as its guests, M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, 
Grand Scribe E., and R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, Grand H. Rep- 
resentatives from every Chapter in the District and a number 
of Past Grand Superintendents were present, and assisted in 
giving me and my two special guests a rousing welcome. This 
was, indeed, a memorable occasion for me, and appreciated by 
everyone present. The Officers of Smithville Chapter con- 
ferred the M.E.M. Degree. After a few brief remarks I de- 
livered a talk entitled, "The Lost Word", which seemed to have 
been well received by the Companions present. 

In the banquet room I had the pleasure of introducing our 
two guests. R. Ex. Comp. Dean was the first speaker. He took 
the opportunity to inaugurate to this District representation 
of the "Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund" for $50,000.00 
and the Companions had an opportunity to hear direct from a 
Grand Chapter representative, who explained in detail the 
reason for this campaign, and how each Chapter can organize 
for it. He also announced that the Grand Council appointed 
R. Ex. Comp. Thos. Camelford of Dunnville as District Chair- 

Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith was given a rousing welcome 
when he rose to speak. He delivered a very inspiring address 
on Capitular Masonry. The Companions showed their appreci- 
ation by prolonged applause for both speakers. 

Finally, I wish to express my thanks to every one of the 
Companions of my own Chapter, who have accompanied me on 
my Visits, and especially R. Ex. Comp. Frank Hays, who was 
with me on every one of my Visits, for his courtesy, his help 
and advice through my term of office. 

I conclude this report with a feeling of satisfaction, of hav- 
ing discharged the duties of Grand Superintendent to the best 
of my ability. I have greatly enjoyed the fraternal spirit 
shown me, and consider this as the most wonderful experience 
in my life. 



R. Ex. Comp. Frederick E. Grose, Toronto, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honor to present my report on Toronto East 
District, No. 8, and first of all I wish to express my thanks 
and appreciation to the respective Chapters and Excellent 
Principals of this District who honored my Chapter and myself 
at the last Convocation of Grand Chapter when they elected 
me to the office of Grand Superintendent, and I also want to 
thank Most Excellent Companion Reginald V. Conover, the 
Grand First Principal, for his confirmation and my appoint- 
ment to that office. 

I was fortunate in having Ex. Comp. Stanley K. Clark, M.D., 
consent to act for me as my Secretary, and I wish to thank 
him for the very efficient and kindly manner in which he car- 
ried out his duties and the various other ways in which he has 
rendered service both to the District and to me^ 

My first pleasant duty was to be present at a meeting of 
the Ruling Principals' Group of District, No. 8, on Friday, the 
27th of April and conduct their election of officers, which coin- 
cides with the term of the Grand Superintendent, and for the 
information of other Districts I want to say that this group 
of Ruling Principals, from year to year, since it was first or- 
ganized, back in 1939, has been a great mainstay and support 
in the activities of Superintendents, and other Districts of the 
Grand Jurisdiction which have not already inaugurated such an 
organization, would do well to give it serious consideration 
wherever distance between respective Chapters would not pre- 
sent an impossible barrier. 

On the 29th of May this group of Ruling Principals was 
brought together in York Masonic Temple at 5 Eglinton Ave. 
East, in Toronto for Instruction in accordance with the Con- 
stitution, and for very able assistance on this occasion my 
thanks are due to R. Ex. Comp. W. M. S. Enouy, Grand Lec- 
turer ; R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Pendleton, and R. Ex. Comp. John A. 
Mackie. As one city and two country Chapters were not repre- 
sented on this occasion the group was brought together again 
on the 25th of September at the same place, and the same 
agenda reviewed, together with other matters of importance 
to the District as a whole. For the facilities granted by York 


Masonic Temple my thanks are tendered to Comp. A. H. Nor- 
ton, Superintendent of the Building and Treasurer of York 
Chapter, No. 62. 

On the 26th of November this group was again brought to- 
gether at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, which took the 
form of a dinner and entertainment, followed by a splendid 
and most inspiring address by M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, 
to whom on behalf of all those present, and personally, I extend 
our grateful thanks and sincere appreciation. This was a new 
idea which grew out of our September meeting and proposed 
by Ex. Comp. John Rainey, First Principal of The St. Patrick 
Chapter, No. 145, which was a great success in every way and 
gave us another opportunity for discussion of various matters 
of interest to the District as a whole. I wish to thank Ex. 
Comp. Rainey and his committee for the successful working out 
of this function, and which I trust will be repeated. 

My schedule of Inspections was carried out as follows: — 
May 11— York, No. 62, Toronto. 
May 18 — Aurora, No. 235, Aurora. 
June 14 — Succoth, No. 135, Uxbridge. 
Oct. 1— The Beaches, No. 163, Toronto. 
Oct. 3— Victoria, No. 205, Thornhill. 
Oct. 10— Beaver, No. 225, Toronto. 
Oct. 20— The St. Patrick, No. 145, Toronto. 
Oct. 25 — King Solomon's, No. 8, Toronto. 
Oct. 26— St. Alban's, No. 217, Toronto. 
Nov. 6 — University, No. 241, Toronto. 
Nov. 14— St. Paul's, No. 65, Toronto. 
Nov. 16— St. Andrew & St. John, No. 4, Toronto. 
Nov. 28— Orient, No. 79, Toronto. 

On every occasion I was properly received in the most cor- 
dial, kind and courteous manner, and I was deeply impressed 
by the utmost loyalty as expressed and demonstrated toward 
Grand Chapter. With possibly one exception it has been my 
privilege and pleasure to visit each of the thirteen Chapters 
in my District at least three times during my term of office. 

With one exception every Chapter in this District has taken 
in new members. Although not nearly so many as hoped for, 
still some fair progress has been made, and I trust that much 
of the seed sown will show results later on. It is sad to note, 
however, that the results of this year have, in a large measure, 


been overshadowed by death and other causes. This leaves 
a very small margin of increase in total membership. After 
some study of the reports, as a whole, it appears that each 
Chapter should give some very thoughtful consideration as to 
how it should go about the matter of increasing its member- 
ship by at least ten per cent in each year. Otherwise our pres- 
ent position will not be maintained in the years to follow. I 
position will not be maintained in the years to follow, and I 
strongly recommend that each Chapter in this District do 
everything possible to see that they have active committees 
set up and maintaining effective contacts with three or more 
Craft Lodges from which they expect to obtain their new mem- 
bers. When obtained they will find the work so interesting 
that they in turn will bring others. We cannot stay the hand 
of the Grim Reaper, from which cause we are bound to lose 
some of our members each year. I do believe that losses 
from other causes are well within our control, and with rea- 
sonable exceptions, can be prevented. 

Events of outstanding interest during the year were the 
presentation of a 50-year Long Service Jewel by M. Ex. Comp. 
Conover, the Grand First Principal, to V. Ex. Comp. Harry 
King, a member of The Royal Arch Chapter of St. Andrew and 
St. John, No. 4, at a Special Convocation of this grand old Chap- 
ter which was held on the 15th of June. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Rynard and V. Ex. Comp. David A. 
Turner of Succoth Chapter, No. 135, at Uxbridge, were pre- 
sented with the 25-year Past Principals' Jewel by R. Ex. Comp. 
V. M. Hare, at a Special Convocation, celebrating their Forty- 
first Anniversary, combined with Ladies' Night, on the 15th 
of May, followed by refreshments and delightful entertainment. 

V. Ex. Comp, E. C. Coath of York Chapter, No. 62, was pre- 
sented with a 25-year Past Principals' Jewel by V. Ex. Comp. 
Brookes, on the 23rd of November, and Ex. Comp. Martin 
Engers of the same Chapter was presented with a 25-year 
Past Principals' Jewel by M. Ex. Comp. Dillabough, by courtesy 
of Prince Rupert Chapter, No. 1, at Winnipeg on the 3rd of 
January, 1946. 

V. Ex. Comp. T. C. S. Harrison of The St. Patrick Chapter, 
No. 145, was presented with a 25-year Past Principals' Jewel 
by V. Ex. Comp. W. R. Ledger on the 19th of January, 1946. 


These Jewels are supplied by Grand Chapter in recognition 
of long and faithful service. I extend my heartiest congratula- 
tions to all of these Excellent Companions on the great con- 
tribution they have made to Royal Arch Masonry and hope 
that they may be spared for many years to enjoy and wear 
their Jewels. 

A Grand Chapter Night was held under the auspices of 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, on the 17th of November, 
when the H.R.A. Degree was conferred by Grand Chapter 
Officers with M. Ex. Comp. Reginald V. Conover, the Grand 
First Principal, occupying the Chair of Z. and conducting the 
work of the evening, assisted by Grand Chapter Officers Pres- 
ent and Past. This was really a Grand Night in every way, and 
all credit is due to Ex. Comp. John Rainey and his Officers for 
the arrangements which made this event such a grand success. 

The Visiting delegations from Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, 
to Beaver Chapter, No. 225, together with other distinguished 
visitors on the Night of their Inspection in October, and again 
in January when Beaver Chapter celebrated its 25th Anniver- 
sary, combined with the ceremony of Installation and Investi- 
ture, added special interest to those occasions, and particularly 
as we were favored by the presence and inspiring messages of 
M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens and R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 
who accompanied Ex. Comp. W. P. Mitchell, the Ruling First 
Principal and his Officers and members. 

Chapters of Instruction were organized and held as follows : 

Under the auspices of The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, the 

M.M.M. Degree was exemplified by Third Principals in the 

Temple on Balsam Avenue, Toronto, on the 4th of February, 

1946. ^ '-m 

Under the auspices of Victoria Chapter, No. 205, the M.E.M. 
Degree was exemplified by Second Principals in Patterson Hall 
at Thornhill, Ontario, on the 6th of February, 1946. 

Arrangements have been completed for exemplification of 
the H.R.A. Degree by First Principals of 1945 and 1946 under 
the auspices of University Chapter, No. 241, at the Masonic 
Temple, 888 Yonge St., Toronto, on the 5th of March, 1946. 

For the organization of this important work, the facilities 
furnished by the respective Chapters and the success obtained 


from the combined efforts, I wish to thank the Ruling Princi- 
pals* Group of District No. 8, their Officers and all others who 
so readily undertook and carried out the work assigned to them. 

The Principals' Association of the two Toronto Districts, 
No. 8 and 8A, has had a successful year, the Annual Dinner, 
on Januay 30th, being an outstanding event as usual. This 
Association has, for many years, been a tower of strength 
behind the Grand Superintendents, which is much appreciated. 

The Royal Arch Welfare Committee, enjoying the combined 
support of the Chapters of both Toronto Districts, Nos. 8 and 
8A, has again presented a splendid report of the work of Social 
Service, under their care : that of transporting underprivileged 
Mothers and Children to and from the Fresh Air Camp at 
Bronte, operated by the Toronto City Mission, also their en- 
larged activities among War Veterans in the way of supplying 
them with various comforts and good cheer, which is much ap- 
preciated. This is a great work altogether and merits the full- 
est measure of support by the entire membership of both 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, inaugurated 
last year, and officially launched on the 15th of December, is 
now making fair headway, and this altogether desirable pro- 
ject should receive the utmost consideration and support as a 
most fitting Memorial to the cause of Freedom and the Way of 
Life we value so dearly. 

Divine Services were held as usual and well supported by 
the Companions of both Toronto Districts. The Service in the 
East District was held in the Eglinton United Church, in charge 
of Comp. Rev. Dr. W. J. Johnston, Principal Sojourner of The 
St. Patrick Chapter, and the Service in the West District was 
held in the Royce Avenue Presbyterian Church with Ex. Comp. 
Rev. David M. Kerr of the St. Clair Chapter, in charge of the 

In closing this report, again I wish to thank the Excellent 
Principals, Past and Present, also the Officers and Companions 
of District No. 8, for the fullest measure of their support and 
co-operation so gladly given during my term of office, and may 
I assure them of my desire to be of further service in any way 
possible for the continued welfare and advancement of the 
Capitular Craft, and I wish to express my sincere thanks and 


appreciation to M. Ex. Comps. L. F. Stephens, John M. Burden, 
Edwin Smith, and R. Ex. Comps. Fred W. Dean, Fred V. Hig- 
ginbottom, Wm. M. S. Enouy, William Pendleton, William C. 
Johnston and George W. McRae, and many others for all their 
kindness and grand companionship which has meant so much 
to me during my term of office. 


R. Ex. Comp. Arnold W. Cook, Toronto, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

I desire to express my thanks to the Companions of Toronto 
District, No. 8A, for submitting my name to the Most Excel- 
lent the Grand Z. for the office of Grand Superintendent and 
to himself for his approval of their choice. Further, I should 
record my appreciation of the services which Ex. Comp. Earl H. 
Hughes has given to me and the District in the capacity of 
Secretary. As required, my first act was to call a District 
Meeting for Officers Training in Freemasons' Hall, May 31st. 

Several Right Excellent Companions assisted in the presen- 
tation of the training programme. Thirteen of the fourteen 
Chapters of the District were represented, the total attend- 
ance being 57. Considerable discussion was provoked, and I 
felt that some good was accomplished. 

All Chapters were inspected accordingly, and all degrees 
conferred by the Officers. The support given to their Chapters 
by the Past Principals was distinctly evident and highly valu- 
able. The work as rendered was generally commendable, in 
some admirable, and unfortunately, in the minority of in- 
stances, could be improved by diligent study and practice. 

In addition to my inspections, I attended every Chapter at 
least twice, including the majority of Installations, and on 
every occasion was well received. Loyalty to Grand Chapter 
was expressed and feelings of harmony and optimism were 
quite noticeable. 

Especial credit is due to the many Companions who attend- 
ed with me on my many visitations. Their company was a 
great encouragement and help to me. It was my happy privi- 
lege to accept an invitation to be present on the occasion of 
Grand Chapter Night, an Annual event of The St. Patrick 
Chapter, No. 145, when the Most Excellent, the Grand First 


Principal announced to a large assembly, the opening of a 
campaign for the establishment of a Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund. This good work has been taken in hand 
and actively pursued by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, our 
Grand Scribe N., who to date has highly favorable reports of 
activity in the various Chapters of this District. 

The Toronto Royal Arch Masons' Welfare completed their 
14th year of transporting underprivileged mothers and children 
to and from the Fresh Air Camp at Bronte, the number being 
760, a work that should have the full co-operation of all Royal 
Arch Masons of the Toronto Districts. Parcels were also sent 
Overseas to Prisoners of War, and comforts supplied to the 
Military Hospitals of the city. It is also the purpose of this 
body to arrange entertainment and outings. It is with great 
pride that I offer my thanks to our District 8A for the out- 
standing part taken by them in promoting this work. 

Installations being now completed, I have made arrange- 
ments for meetings to exemplify the three degrees by the First, 
Second and Third Principals of the District as follows : 

Feb. 20— Lebanon Chapter, M.E.M. 
Mar. 5— Mt. Sinai Chapter, M.M.M. 
Apr. 12 — Shekinah Chapter, Holy Royal Arch. 

The primary purpose of these meetings being to obtain uni- 
formity of rendition and training of the officers in the work of 
their new stations. My sincere thanks are due to the above 
mentioned Chapters for their assistance. 

Through the kind offices of the St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, 
arrangements have been made for a Divine Service for Royal 
Arch Masons to be held on April 7th at Royce Avenue Presby- 
terian Church. The service to be conducted by Ex. Comp. The 
Rev. David M. Kerr, minister. 

All Chapters are receiving applications for advancement, 
and in some instances, in generous numbers. Distinct progress 
is being made in the rehabilitation of the internal economy. 
On the whole, healthy progress is being made in Royal Arch 
Masonry in this District. 

Most gratifying is the result of the total membership re- 
turns from the Chapters of the District, which indicates that 
they have received the largest net increase for many years, 51. 



R. Ex. Comp. Walter Chalmers Gorsline, Collingwood, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

I have great pleasure in submitting my report as the Grand 
Superintendent of Georgian District, No. 9, for the year 1945. 

May I first express my gratitude to the Principals and Past 
Principals of the District for the honor conferred on me of 
representing the Grand First Principal in this District. 

My appointment of Ex. Comp. Gordon E. Munro as my 
Secretary proved a very wise choice, as he carried out the 
duties of his office in a very satisfactory manner. 

The District Meeting of instruction was held in the Temple 
at Collingwood on June 7th, and was very well attended. Two 
Chapters, however, were not represented. I have found, how- 
ever, that the organization of committees in the various Chap- 
ters seems to be pretty well taken care of immediately after 
the election of officers, and in most Chapters the Committee 
Chairmen are designated on the night of Installation. 

My Visits of Inspection were made as follows: 

June 26 — Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton. 

Sept. 14 — Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia. 

Oct. 26— Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland. 

Nov. 20 — Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound. 

Nov. 23 — Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood. 

Dec. 11 — Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie. 
I was properly received on all these occasions, and will 
always cherish the memory of these happy occasions. My visit 
to my Mother Chapter was made more enjoyable by the pres- 
ence of an old personal friend, V. Ex. Comp. Harold Spratt, the 
Grand Senior Sojourner. 

I particularly wish to express my appreciation to R. Ex. 
Comp. Patmore for his kindness during my term of office. He 
is a tower of strength in the conduct of Capitular Masonry in 
this District, and under his able leadership the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund campaign is assured of success. 

Membership in four of the six Chapters shows a healthy 
increase. The total initiations for the year 37, the net in- 
crease in membership 22. Four Chapters in the District have 
lost members through death, and I extend to them and the 
bereaved relatives my sincere sympathy. 


I have made several calls in Meaford exploring the possibil- 
ity of reviving MacPherson Chapter. I propose to follow this 
matter further and hope that some definite progress may be 
reported before the next Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Finally, I wish to express my appreciation to all the Chap- 
ters for their hospitality and co-operation during my term of 
office, and particularly to the Companions of Manitou Chapter, 
who so loyally accompanied me, and assisted in furnishing 
transportation during such a difficult period. 


R. Ex. Comp. James Elwood Girven, Peterborough, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honor and privilege of submitting for your ap- 
proval this my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in 
Ontario District, No. 10. 

Permit me to express my deep appreciation and sincere 
thanks for the high honor conferred on me by the Companions 
of Ontario District to the exalted office of Grand Superintend- 
ent and to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, for 
confirmation of same. I wish to thank the Grand Scribe E., 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, for his assistance and co-operation. 
I also wish to express my appreciation to the Grand Chapter 
Offices who gave most efficient instruction immediately after 
Grand Chapter Convocation. 

I wish to place on record my sincere appreciation of the 
most capable assistance of Ex. Comp. E. Walker Jones, who has 
acted as my Secretary, and who has taken a keen interest in all 
the problems in the District. 

Our first duty was that of holding a Chapter of Instruction 
meeting for the District. In order that the most benefit could 
be obtained, we concluded that the District should be divided 
into three sections and meetings held at Whitby, Cobourg and 
Lindsay. The wiseness of this decision was confirmed when 
the first meeting, held at Whitby, recorded an attendance of 32 
Principals and Past Principals. This was a higher attendance 
than that obtained for the whole District at previous District 
Chapter of Instruction meetings. The two other meetings, 
held at Cobourg and Lindsay, were also well attended. 


We prepared a condensed 16-page report on the duties of 
the Chapter Officers and Committees and copies of this report 
have been given to each Principal-elect in the District to be 
used as a guide in selecting and instructing committees for 

Visits of Inspection were made as follows: 

June 5 — Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa. 
June 21 — Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay. 
Oct. 15 — Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford. 
Oct. 23 — St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg. 
Nov. 12 — Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth. 
Nov. 19 — Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville. 
Nov. 28 — Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope. 
Dec. 14 — Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby. 


Feb. 22 — Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough. 
Mar. 1 — Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne. 
Mar. 20 — King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington. 

A most encouraging feature of these Visits was the fine 
representation of Companions from Corinthian Chapter, who 
accompanied me. This resulted in a much larger attendance 
promoting fellowship and goodwill amongst the Companions of 
the District. It stimulated inter-Chapter visits, plans for 
which are under way to an even greater extent during 1946. 

The District, as a whole, has enjoyed a very prosperous 
year, making a net gain in membership of over 75 members. 

The efforts spent by Grand Chapter Officers in giving in- 
struction to Grand Superintendents is beginning to show re- 
suits in some Chapters. Better instruction is being given to 
Chapter Officers and more committees are being appointed, 
thus stimulating more interest among the Companions. 

I have considered it my duty, as Grand Superintendent, to 
direct my efforts towards seeing that the Chapters in this 
District are operating on a sound basis, knowing that if the 
officers and committees are carrying out their responsibilities 
the Chapters will continue to be in a healthy condition. I have 
felt it my duty to spend extra effort with the weaker Chapters. 
This has proven to be well worth while, as one Chapter, which 
has made a fresh start, has hurdled the first stages of restora- 


tion and with continued encouragement will, I feel sure, soon 
be an active and prosperous Chapter in the District. I refer 
to Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne. I wish to record my 
sincere appreciation of the outstanding work carried out by- 
Ex. Comp. Sherman Cooper, Ex. Comp. Mcllraith and the Com- 
panions of St. John's Chapter, Cobourg, for their assistance to 
Excelsior Chapter. The true spirit of Masonry has been 
gratuitously shown by these members coming to the assist- 
ance of their Companions many times during the past year. 

King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, has been hav- 
ing difficulties, but we are hopeful, that with some assistance, 
this Chapter will also be restored to an active and prosperous 

I feel it is my duty to make any suggestions which may 
improve the work in the District, and with this in mind, I would 
point out that the term of office for the Grand Superintendent 
seems to be all too short, as he just nicely gets started with 
his duties when he passes over the reigns of office to another 
Grand Superintendent. If some arrangement could be made 
whereby the Grand Superintendent of one year could act as 
an assistant to the incoming Grand Superintendent, particu- 
larly at the beginning of his term, I am sure the results would 
be beneficial. I would suggest that immediate Past Grand 
Superintendents be invited to remain for the meeting after the 
Grand Chapter Convocation, when the Grand Superintendents 
receive their instruction. They should be asked to confer with 
the new Grand Superintendent, pointing out the work which 
has been carried on during the past year and stressing the 
weak spots in the District, thereby enabling the new represen- 
tative of Grand Chapter to do a more effective job. 

Most Ex. Comp. Reg. Conover and the Grand Council are 
to be congratulated on the decision to create a Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund to assist in carrying on a broader 
benevolence activity. The Chapters in this District have ac- 
cepted their responsibility very well, and it fs my hope that 
our quota for this District will be over-subscribed before Grand 
Chapter Convocation in April. . 

Accompanied by R. Ex. Comp. Sollitt we are again visiting 
all Chapters in the District with a view to creating the neces- 
sary enthusiasm for the Chapters to meet their quotas. 


In conclusion, I wish to say how much I have enjoyed the 
opportunity to serve, in some small measure, the interests of 
Grand Chapter and Ontario District, No. 10, in particular. I 
have come to know the fruits of fraternal companionship bet- 
ter, and I shall continue to maintain an interest in the work 
of this District by assisting our next Grand Superintendent in 
so far as it is possible. 

I wish for my successor the same full measure of fellowship 
and co-operation that I have enjoyed in what I consider the 
happiest and brightest year in my Masonic life. 


R. Ex. Comp. Charles Edgar Goodwin, M.D., Picton, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honor to submit my report on Capitular Masonry 
in Prince Edward District, No. 11. 

I am indeed grateful to the Excellent Companions of Prince 
Edward District for the confidence placed in me and the honor 
conferred on me, in electing me as Grand Superintendent, and 
to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, for confirm- 
ing that election. I was very happy to appoint Excellent Com- 
panion Hilton McCartney, my Secretary, his assistance and 
timely advice were invaluable, and I wish to extend to him my 
sincere thanks. 

The District Chapter of Instruction was held in Prince Ed- 
ward Chapter, No. 31, Picton, on June 12th, and I wish to thank 
R. Ex. Comp. J. C. Cooper, of Picton, Past Grand Superintend- 
ent, Prince Edward District, for his able assistance in making 
this meeting a success. District Divine Service was held at 
the Church of St. Mary Magdelene, Picton, on Sept. 9th. 

I made Inspection Visits to each Chapter in the District. 
I was properly received on all visits, and I was greatly im- 
pressed with the very friendly feeling that prevailed in all 

Degree work was exemplified in all but one Chapter at the 
time of my visit, and was well done. 

I feel that Capitular Masonry in Prince Edward District is 
in a gratifying condition, each Chapter in the District has re- 
ceived applications for membership during the year. 


In conclusion, I wish to say that I have had a very pleasant 
term of office, and I feel that I have made many friends, and 
I wish to thank all of the Companions who accompanied me 
on my visits. 


R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Nelson Clarke, Kingston, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

I have the honor to present, for your consideration, my 
report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in the St. Law- 
rence District, No. 12. Before doing so, however, I wish to 
express my sincere thanks to the Past Principals of this Dis- 
trict, who selected me for the office of Grand Superintendent, 
and to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., for his confirmation. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. C. H. Hall, of 
Kingston, as my Secretary, which work he did very well, 
accompanying me on the most of my Visits of Inspection, as 
did several other Companions from Ancient Frontenac and 
Cataraqui Chapter. To have these Companions along was very 
helpful and encouraging. 

As instructed by Grand Chapter after being installed, I 
called a Principals' meeting at Prescott, on May 12th, 1945, 
This meeting was well attended by the Principals and Past 
Principals of the Chapters in the District, and a very instruc- 
tive evening was spent. 

Each Chapter made your Grand Superintendent very wel- 
come, and made his visit very pleasant. Three Chapters con- 
ferred the Mark Master Masons Degree ; one the Most Excel- 
lent Master Degree and three the Holy Royal Arch. The de- 
grees were conferred in a very efficient manner. Each of the 
Chapters have a good up-to-date set of books and are well 
kept by the Scribes E. 

The District shows a net increase of 55 in its membership, 
with 75 admissions, 13 affiliations, 3 restorations, 16 with- 
drawals, 2 suspensions, while we mourn the loss of 18 who 
have been called before the Grand Master of the Universe. 

The oldest Chapter in this District, Ancient Frontenac and 
Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, will celebrate its One Hundred and 
Fiftieth Anniversary on June 7th, 1947, as this Chapter was 
organized the 7th day of June, A.D. 1797. 


In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation 
to every Companion in the District for the kindness and cour- 
tesy extended to me at all times. 


R. Ex. Comp. Peter Orville McLaren, Perth, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

In presenting my report on Capitular Masonry in Ottawa 
District, No. 13, may I first express my sincere thanks and 
appreciation for the honor conferred upon me by the Com- 
panions of the District and to the Most Excellent, the Grand 
First Principal for confirming my appointment. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. E. M. Doull of Prince 
of Wales Chapter, No. 226, to be my Secretary, and Ex. 
Comp. J. R. Hamilton of St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths 
Falls, to be my Chaplain. Unfortunately, on July 14th, 
Ex. Comp. Hamilton was called to that distant country from 
whose bourne no traveller returns and Capitular Masonry lost 
an ardent devotee. 

May I here, record my debt of gratitude to the many Com- 
panions, Ex. Companions and R. Ex. Companions, who accom- 
panied me on my Visits of Inspection, and by their kindly coun- 
sel guided me in the discharge of the duties incumbent on this 

On our Visits of Inspection throughout the District the 
cordial receptions accorded me have been very gratifying. On 
all occasions loyalty to the Grand First Principal and to the 
Grand Chapter have been warmly expressed by the Compan- 
ions. The ritualistic ceremonies are uniformly exemplified and, 
I believe, in a manner conforming to the requirements of Grand 
Chapter. The Principals are competent and exhibit ability 
and good judgment in administrating their Chapters. The Past 
Principals are active and of great assistance in ceremonial and 
advisory capacities, the officers generally are active, and 
throughout the Chapters the spirit of Companionship prevails, 
and the principles of Capitular Masonry are appreciated. It 
is a matter of pride and satisfaction to Ottawa District that 
R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts is now Grand Third Principal, an office 
which will lose nothing during his occupancy. His zeal for the 
institution of Freemasonry is a great inspiration to the Com- 
panions of the District. 


During the year two Chapters of Instruction were held. 
Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte, very kindly placed their 
Chapter at my disposal for a Chapter of Instruction for the 
Chapters of the Upper Ottawa Valley, and Ottawa Chapter, 
No. 222 of Ottawa, performing the same service for Ottawa 
and Eastern Chapters, and to these Chapters I tender my 
thanks for their assistance. It has been my constant desire to 
impress upon the Companions their great responsibility to dis- 
charge, to the best of their ability, the duties imposed upon 
them by their obligations, and that by a faithful interpretation 
of the fundamentals of Royal Arch Masonry they might con- 
tribute much to the life of this fair country and our great 
Empire, for to whom much light is given of them much will 
be required. 

It has been my pleasant duty, on behalf of the Most Excel- 
lent, the Grand First Principal, to present Fifty-year Jewels 
to Comp. Thomas E. Argue of Granite Chapter, and V. Ex. 
Comp. W. H. Wilson of St. Francis Chapter. Due to his in- 
ability to be present at a meeting of Granite Chapter I met 
with the Officers and Companions of that Chapter and pro- 
ceeded to the home of Comp. Argue, where the presentation 
was made and a pleasant social hour spent. V. Ex. Comp. 
W. H. Wilson being confined to the General Hospital in Brock- 
ville, I met with R. Ex. Comp. H. W. Anger, Grand Superin- 
tendent in 1925, when V. Ex. Comp. Wilson was his Secretary, 
and a number of Ex. Companions of St. Francis Chapter and 
proceeded to Brockville, where we were met by Ex. Comp. Mc- 
Kimm of Maitland Chapter and two Ex. Companions of Sussex 
Chapter. The Matron of the Hospital kindly placed a room 
at our disposal and after the presentation, surprised all present 
by serving refreshments, which included a cake topped with 
50 candles. This very kind and thoughtful gesture was sin- 
cerely appreciated. 

While Carleton and Ottawa Chapters are the largest Chap- 
ters and form good examples of good workmanship, we find 
that, in a smaller way, good work is being done in all the other 
Chapters of the District. Particularly noteworthy is the extra 
instruction given to candidates in Ottawa and Carleton Chap- 
ters. This is a feature which might well be practised by any 
Chapter. The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Ottawa Chapter, 
No. 222, Ottawa, was the occasion for a visit by our Grand 
First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, accompanied by 


R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, Grand Second Principal, and with 
R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand Third Principal, formed the 
Grand Council. At this meeting a very instructive and inter- 
esting address was given by M. Ex. Comp. Conover, who chose 
this time to announce the formation of the Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund to commemorate those who made the 
supreme sacrifice during the war and those who gave the best 
years of their life in the struggle. The announcement was met 
with a hearty response, and it is expected that the full capital 
fund will soon be fully subscribed. R. Ex. Comp. F. A. Mc- 
Diarmid of Carleton Chapter, was appointed Chairman of the 
Fund for this District, and in his usual capable manner, has 
thoroughly organized the District so that our allocation will 
be fully subscribed. 

We are pleased to extend a welcome to those of our Com- 
panions who have returned from the armed services and trust 
that the coming days and years will, in some measure, repay 
them for the service they have so freely rendered to all of us, 

The following statistics reflect the present standing of 
this District. 

Number of members as per last return, 1,031; Petitions 
accepted, 86; Candidates initiated, 79; Affiliations, 2; Restor- 
ations, 6; Withdrawals, 10; Suspensions, 6; Deaths, 34; total 
membership this return, 1,068 ; increase, 37 ; Dues outstanding 
at December 31, 1945, $665.70; Decrease in outstanding dues, 


R. Ex. Comp. Edward Hewitt, Fort William, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honor of submitting my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in Algoma District, No. 14, for the past 

I desire to express my thanks to my Companions in the 
District in giving me the privilege of serving them as Grand 
Superintendent in the past year, and to the Grand First Prin- 
cipal in confirming the same. 

I visited Shuniah Chapter at Port Arthur, Ontario; Fort 
William Chapter, Fort William, Ontario; Golden Chapter, 
Kenora, Ontario ; and Alberton Chapter, Fort Frances, Ontario. 


Atwood Chapter, Rainy River, Ontario, was unable to attend 
a joint meeting with Alberton Chapter, Fort Frances, Ontario, 
on account of a severe snow storm, the highway being in a 
very icy condition. 

I find all I have visited in a very excellent condition, and am 
happy to say that Fort William Chapter, Fort William, Ontario, 
with the new Scribe E., Comp. George Iddon, is making slow 
but sure progress to recovery, and is collecting back dues. I 
have been able to visit Shuniah Chapter, Port Arthur, Ontario, 
at all their meetings, and may say that with the great number 
of candidates they are getting the whole Chapter and Officers 
are on their toes, and it was a great pleasure to me to watch 
them put on the different degrees. 


R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Albert Eden Rutledge, North Bay, Ont., 

Grand Superintendent 

It is my privilege, as well as my duty, at this time to submit 
my report on the condition and progress of Royal Arch 
Masonry in New Ontario District, No. 15, during the year 1945. 

It was my pleasure to appoint Ex. Comp. R. H. Wyatt of 
St. John's Chapter, North Bay, as my Secretary, the 
duties of which office he very ably performed. He also accom- 
panied me, as did several of the Officers and Companions of St. 
John's Chapter, on most of my Visits, which was very helpful 

This District has only four Chapters, but owing to the great 
distance between Chapters it is only possible to visit each 
Chapter once during the year. 

I visited Pembroke Chapter, No. 58 at Mattawa, on October 
1st, but unfortunately, as there are only four resident members 
in the village, no meeting could be held. This Chapter is tech- 
nically dormant, although there are 18 members in good stand- 
ing who pay their dues regularly, this enables the Chapter to 
pay Grand Chapter dues and the assessment for District ex- 
penses. I spent most of a day with Ex. Comp. A. I. Tongue 
and we discussed the future prospects of the Chapter from all 
angles, and I am sorry to say, that the outlook for future 
activity in this Chapter is not very good. Much as I regret to 
say, it is my considered opinion that the Warrant of this Chap- 
ter should be recalled. 


I visited Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, Ont., on the 9th 
of October. This Chapter is in good condition, enjoying a good 
average attendance and getting a number of new candidates. 
The M.M.M. Degree was conferred in a very efficient manner 
by the regular officers. I was accompanied on this visit by a 
large number of the Companions from St. John's Chapter, 
which added much to the interest and enjoyment of the even- 
ing. Tuscan Chapter is going right along. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, was visited 
on November 2nd. On my arrival I was met at the station by 
R. Ex. Comp. Canon Colloton and Ex. Comp. Bizley, they es- 
corted me to the hotel where arrangements had already been 
made for my accommodation. At the Chapter room I was most 
cordially welcomed by Ex. Comp. Robert Gourlay, and, his 
Officers and the Companions. The Holy Royal Arch was con- 
ferred in a very excellent manner by the regular officers, who, 
without exception, delivered their respective ceremonies in a 
thorough and pleasing manner. I made my Inspection Visit 
to my home Chapter, St. John's, No. 103, North Bay, on No- 
vember 15th, 1945. I received a most cordial reception from 
Ex. Comp. R. H. Wyatt, his Officers and the Companions as- 
sembled. A very pleasing feature of the evening was the large 
number of visitors who attended the meeting. 35 Companions 
motored down from Sudbury, fifteen from Temiskaming, in 
the Quebec Jurisdiction, and many others from different parts 
of the Dominion. 

There were no degrees conferred at this meeting, but from 
my attendance at the meetings I am able to vouch for the 
ability of all the Officers to efficiently confer any of the degrees. 

All the Chapters in this District, except Pembroke, No. 58, 
which is in a state of dormancy, have appointed the several 
committees as suggested by Grand Chapter, and are making 
some effort to put into practice the Educational Programme 
introduced by Grand Chapter. I personally gave a short ad- 
dress on some one of the topics discussed in the Instruction 
Programme, as part of my Inspection Visits, which appeared 
to meet with the general approval of the Companions. 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund campaign is 
progressing favorably under the able leadership of R. Ex. 
Comp. Colloton, and I am convinced that New Ontario District 
will meet its quota. 


Before concluding, permit me to express my sincere thanks 
to the Companions of this District for electing me, to express 
my sincere thanks to the Companions of this District for elect- 
ing me to serve them as Grand Superintendent, for this term, 
and to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., for confirming my 


R. Ex. Comp. Archibald George Tipper, Kirkland Lake, Ontario, 

Grand Superintendent 

It is with deep feelings of humility and gratitude that I 
present this my report on Capitular Masonry for Temiskaming 
District, No. 16. I wish to express my thanks and appreciation 
to the Excellent Companions of this District for electing me 
to the office of Grand Superintendent, and also to the Most 
Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Reg. V. Conover, for his 
kindness in confirming my election. My feelings of humility 
come from not being able to perform and complete all the duties 
I had hoped to see consummated ; my gratitude for being per- 
mitted to hold office at a time when this District is showing 
unmistakable signs of rejuvenation. 

I feel that I should mention that this District lost consider- 
able of its population to the other parts of the Province (Kirk- 
land Lake alone lost nearly 10,000 people) , resulting in a slow- 
ing up of the number of Master Masons seeking to complete 
their Masonic knowledge. It now appears that this trend has 
been halted, as the District is now showing an increase in 

My first care was to try and arrange for the Instruction 
Programme for the Principals. The travel restrictions in force 
at this time made it appear impossible to hold a central class 
of instruction owing to the great distances between Chapters. 
I therefore decided to divide the District into three zones, the 
north zone for Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, and Abitibi 
Chapter, No. 223; the central zone for Kirkland Chapter, No. 
251; the south zone for Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, and 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203. The classes were held as follows : 

Central zone on May 30th, at Kirkland Lake. 
South zone on June 19th, at Cobalt. 
North zone on September 19th, at Timmins. 


The interest was quite keen and encouraging-. The ques- 
tion and answer period of the programme seemed to be 
especially appreciated. One other pleasing event which took 
place was at the class in Cobalt when V. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. S. 
McCullough was presented with a 25-year Past Principal's 
Jewel by his old friend R. Ex. Comp. Dr. W. J. Fuller. 

Our District was favored and honored by a visit from Most 
Excellent Companion Reg. V. Conover, who addressed a joint 
Convocation of Temiskaming and Cobalt Chapters at New 
Liskeard on October 9th, Kirkland Chapter at Kirkland 
Lake on October 10th, and a joint Convocation of Northern 
Lights Chapter and Abitibi Chapter in Iroqouis Fall? mi Oc- 
tober 11th. His addresses did much to awaken a keener inter- 
est in Chapter work. While in Kirkland Lake he visited R. Ex. 
Comp. H. B. Hawley, who has been confined to his home 
through illness for a number of years, but is now showing signs 
of improvement. R. Ex. Comp. Hawlev was the moving spirit 
in the formation of Kirkland Chanter and was its first presid- 
ing Principal. 

My Visits of Inspection were made as follows: — 
Sept. 19 — Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins. 
Sept. 28— Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls. 
Oct. 3 — Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard. 
Oct. 16— Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt. 
Dec. 12— Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake. 

In addition to the above Inspections, I made a number of 
visits to the Chapters of the District for special occasions. In 
the prosecution of these visits I travelled in excess of twelve 
hundred miles. I also made a number of visits to Craft Lodges 
to accompany the D.D.G.M., with the idea of letting Craft mem- 
bers know that we are ready to co-operate with them where 
possible. I hope by this to bring Capitular Masonry to the 
attention of Master Masons. In this connection I had the very 
great pleasure of presiding at Kirkland Chapter on November 
14th and conferring the M.M.M. Degree on my own son, G. E. S. 
Tipper. When he was exalted I invested him with my own 
Companion's suit. 


On all my visits I was very kindly received and given a 
real Masonic welcome. I appreciate very much the hearty co- 
operation, assistance and encouragement given me by the 
Officers and Members of all the Chapters of the District. I 
would also like to pay tribute to those worthy leaders of the 
weaker Chapters who are doing everything in their power to 
improve their standing. They have been a real inspiration to 
me, and I feel that they are to be most heartily commended 
for their steadfast service. Their efforts are now being crown- 
ed with success. 

My chief disappointment was, that I have not been able to 
revive Cochrane Chapter, No. 244, which I had hoped to do, 
either by removing it to Kapuskasing or some other point. I 
had some encouragement, but it was felt by those contacted, 
that this was not just the opportune time. I would most earn- 
estly recommend that my successor continue to explore the 
possibilities of reviving this Chapter. I will be very happy 
to assist in any way possible. 

On July 15th, 1945, Masonry lost a beloved and well-skilled 
Companion in the death of R. Ex. Comp. W. W. Wees, a Past 
Grand Superintendent of Algoma District, No. 14, and who 
had affiliated with Kirkland Chapter at Kirkland Lake. 

I wish to thank Ex. Comp. Roy A. Bilbrough, my 
Secretary, for his assistance in carrying on the duties of my 
office. He accompanied me on all my Inspection Visits. 

In closing, I also thank the Fraternity for its trust and con- 
fidence, and I hope I can, in some small measure, repay them 
for their kindness to me. I will cherish for years to come 
happy memories of my term of office. 


R. Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke, Dawson, Y.T., 

Grand Superintendent 

It is my privilege to have the honor to submit my report for 
the Yukon Territory District, No. 17, for the year 1945. 

I take this opportunity of once again thanking the Princi- 
pals and Past Principals of District, No. 17, for the honor con- 
ferred upon me in choosing me as the Representative of the 


Most Excellent Grand First Principal. Also my sincerest 
thanks to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, for 
confirming same. 

I regret to report that Klondike Chapter, No. 150, the only- 
Chapter in the District, does not appear to regain its old-time 
vigor and activity. With a membership of 76, which appears 
large on paper, 54 are non-residents, 47 are Life Members, of 
which only 7 are now residents. Many of the non-residents 
we have not heard from for years, particularly the Life Mem- 
bers. They are to be found in the U.S.A., Ontario, British 
Columbia, and other Jurisdictions, and are not active members 
of Capitular Masonry. 

The financial standing of the Chapter is on a sound basis. 
The Chapter is fortunate in having efficient and well-skilled 
officers and the secretarial work and books of the Scribe E. 
are well attended, too. Three candidates were exalted during 
the year under review and the Grim Reaper, taking from our 
midst three Companions, leaves the Chapter with a member- 
ship of seventy-six. 

In conclusion, I express my appreciation of the loyalty and 
co-operation of the Companions of Klondike Chapter, who are 
endeavoring to carry on under trying circumstances. I also, 
again thank them for the confidence placed in me and for their 
courtesy and kindness at all times. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the 
Districts be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular 
Masonry, to report later at this Convocation. 

Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 12.15 o'clock noon. 

Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 2.00 o'clock p.m. and re- 
sumed Labour. 



The Committee on Benevolence has considered the applica- 
tions for relief and recommended that an appropriation be 
made in the estimates for grants to the following: — 

Chapter No. 1— Widow of G. McN $100.00 

5_Widow of W. A. M 80.00 

8_Widow of R. J 100.00 

42— Daughter of J. S 100.00 

H9_Widow of S. G 100.00 

133_Widow of J. E. M 100.00 

145— Widow of J. A. M 100.00 

145— Widow of R. W 100.00 

145— Daughter of J. C 100.00 

252— Comp. L. N. S 200.00 

Special Widow of R. H. S 100.00 

Interim grants (estimated) 200.00 


We further recommend that an amount of two hundred 
dollars be provided for Interim Relief, should it be required 
before the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, R. B. Dargavel 

D. C. Patmore. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by M. 
Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved, — That R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney be elected a 
member of the Committee on Benevolence for a period of three years. 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of 
Grand Chapter for their respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, retires in 1947. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Pabmiore, retires in 1948. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McE'lhinney, retires in 1949. 



March 1st, 1945, to Februay 28th, 1946. 

To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

I herewith submit my Annual Report: — 


Balance, March 1st, 1945 $ 6,234.69 

Received from Grand Scribe E. on account of Dues, Fees, etc. 11,164.00 

Interest on Investments 2,905.00 

Bank Interest 10.05 


Authorizations No. 1 to 193, inclusive. 

Expenses: G.S.E. Office, including 
Compensation, rent, and tele- 
phone, March 1, 1945 to April 30, 
1945 $ 859.46 

Compensation G.S.E. , 1 May, 1945 to 

28 Feb., 1946 3,000.00 

Secretarial Help, 10 months — 

Miss J $148.24 

Miss G 382.50 


Rent— 10 months 463.70 

Telephone— 10 months 108.08 


Foreign Correspondence, 1944 $ 300.00 

Foreign Correspondence, 1945 300.00 


Grand Treasurer, 1945 250.00 

Auditor, 1945 $ 250.00 

Additional Services 25.00 


Bond and Insurance 10.00 

Grand Chapter Expenses $1,025.21 

Grand Chapter Executive Expenses 652.95 


Proceedings 968.60 

Printing for Resale, The Work $1,077.84 

Printing for Resale, The Constitution 480.60 


General Printing 627.04 

Testimonial to I.P.G.Z $350.00 

Regalia to I.P.G.Z 109.77 



Travelling Expenses: 

Grand Z.— R. V. Conover $ 867.58 

I.P.G.Z.— J. M. Burden 189.53 

G.H.— Fred Dean 83.20 

G.S.E.— Edwin Smith 21.60 

Llew. F. Stephens 72.05 

C. J. Lazerte 25.00 


Grand Scribe E., Petty Cash, Office.. $ 200.00 
Grand Scribe E., Office Sundries 116.75 


Jewels and Engraving 199.90 

Committee on Instruction 4.86 

Educational Committee 386.93 

Library Expenses, 1944 $ 31.79 

Library Expenses, 1945 70.32 


Flowers 23.50 

Investments 36.78 

Interest on Bank Overdraft 3.61 

Advisory Board 44.05 

Dedication Notice and Printing 9.18 

Benevolence $1,300.00 

Inspection Expenses, 1944 50.00 

Inspection Expenses, 1945 50.00 

Canadian Red Cross 250.00 



Savings Bank Balance, Feb. 28/46 $4,028.63 
Current Bank Balance, 

Feb. 28/46 $342.59 

In Transit 516.90 




Fraternally submitted, 

Walter G. Price, 

Grand Treasurer. 
Examined and Verified, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of tfhe Grand Treasurer for the year 
1945 be received and adopted. 


Most Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Conover obligated the Scrutineers 
as to faithfully performing the duties of their office. 



Your Committee has read with interest and appreciation 
the scholarly address of M. Ex. Comp. Conover. 

It is at once informative, entertaining and throughout is 
clearly stamped with the hall-mark of sincerity. His historical 
references, lofty ideals and sane suggestions are indicative of 
a cultured mind and a generous spirit. 

We share with him respect for the pioneers, who blazed 
the trail of Royal Arch Masonry in the early days and whose 
courage and zeal for the institution made possible the erection 
of a super-structure, that stands side by side with the Symbolic 
Craft to complete the legends of Ancient Freemasonry. 

His reference to the fair City of Hamilton is timely and 
merits our hearty applause. Industrially and socially Hamilton 
is justly entitled to a place in the forefront of the cities of 
Canada. Its generous contribution in men, material and money 
during the dark days of strife and anxiety commanded the 
admiration and respect of loyal citizens everywhere. 

M. Ex. Comp. Conover's dissertation on Canada and the 
Empire strikes a responsive chord in our hearts and how true 
his words on the influence of Freemasonry in the rebuilding 
of a world torn by the ravages of War and the possibility of 
our Ancient Craft playing a major role in providing leader- 
ship in the chaotic days that mark the culmination of war 
and the re-establishment of peace. 

We bow our heads in sympathetic accord with his graceful 
tribute to those who have passed beyond the Veils and who, 
while no longer with us, still live in all things that surround us. 

The dispensations of the Grand Z. were purely routine 
and require no comment, but your Committee is somewhat 
perturbed to learn that a ruling has been necessary with re- 
spect to the Past Master's Degree. This degree was removed 
from our system in 1893, and in 1906 an attempt to re-instate 
it was overwhelmingly defeated. With one exception this 
degree is not conferred in any of our Canadian Jurisdictions 
and the Grand Chapter which provides the lone exception is 
even now considering its elimination. 


We heartily commend the ruling of our Grand Z. and trust 
that there may be no need for further action in preventing 
the inroads of this or any other unauthorized ceremony or 
degree. Our present ceremonies are self-sufficient and need 
no further additions or embellishments. 

Other rulings are in harmony with our thoughts and we 
particularly stress our approval of his ruling with respect to 
the distribution of unauthorized printed matter and the use of 
mailing lists of other branches of Masonry. 

We unite with the Grand Z. in paying tribute to the vet- 
erans of the Royal Arch and note with interest the large num- 
ber of Companions who have been awarded Long Service 
Jewels. All honour to them, may their shadows never grow 
less and may they ever be mindful that these jewels are but 
the outward evidence of our affection and regard. 

Despite the fact that Col. Conover was not released from 
military duty until March of this year, he found time for many 
visitations, both within and beyond our borders, which is but 
another evidence of the zeal and unflagging energy that char- 
acterized his efforts to faithfully perform every duty incum- 
bent upon his office. 

We are particularly impressed with his encouraging report 
on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry, and we desire to 
associate ourselves with his note of warning relative to the 
collection of dues and his words of commendation for the 
splendid work of the officers of Constitutent Chapters. 

It is needless, we are sure, to add that we solidly support 
the Grand Z.'s action in launching the Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund campaign, and predict that the Royal Craft 
will measure up to its responsibilities and carry this campaign 
through to a successful conclusion. 

We concur in his suggestion with reference to the inaugura- 
tion of some form of recognition for those Companions who 
serve with distinction, but who for various reasons are denied 
the usual reward for services well rendered. We support the 
Grand Z.'s recommendation for the appointment of a Commit- 
tee to consider this matter and report at our next Annual 


Your Committee commends M. Ex. Comp. Conover's well- 
deserved tribute to the work of the Welfare Committee of the 
Toronto Districts, and suggests that our Toronto Companions 
have set a noble example for others to emulate. 

We endorse the Grand Z.'s action with reference to Life 
Membership, which has ever been a vexed question, and we 
agree with his action regarding the standardization of regalia. 

We approve his recommendation that Grand Superintend- 
ents who remain over for instruction should be re-imbursed at 
the regular per diem rates. 

Modesty forbids more than a passing reference to his kind 
words with respect to his Advisory Committee, and we of the 
Committee assure him, that it has been a real pleasure to serve. 
We are happy to note his favorable comment on the untiring- 
efforts of the Chairman of Standing Committees. Theirs has 
been a labour of love and we desire to tender our meed of 
praise for all that they have achieved on our behalf. 

In conclusion, we desire as a Committee to record our ap- 
preciation of this most inspiring address, and on behalf of 
Grand Chapter, we tender to our Grand Z. sincere thanks for 
the service he has rendered to Royal Arch Masonry. His 
masterly leadership, combined with his administrative ability, 
have commanded our highest esteem, while his genial per- 
sonality has endeared him to his Companions as one who is 
richly endowed with all the good qualities of heart and head. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Edwin Smith, 

Walter G. Price, 

L. F. Stephens, 

John M. Burden, 

Geo. L. Gardiner, Chairman, 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'s 

address be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z. f Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith my Seventeenth Annual Report as Grand 
Scribe E. It contains a comparative statement for the three 
past years, a detail of the Receipts, Special Credits, and Debits 
or Credit Balance. All have been examined and verified by 
our Auditor, Ex. Comp. F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

All Chapters have filed their returns and the balance out- 
standing as at February 28th, 1946, was $609.30, payments 
having been received which leaves the balance outstanding, 
April 24th, 1946, $2.50. 

I reported to Grand Chapter at its last Annual Convocation 
that there were two Chapters owing $24.50, and this was paid 
in May, 1945, thus I believe, for the first time in the history 
of Grand Chapter that on the 18th day of May, 1945, there 
was not one cent owing Grand Chapter as arrears. 


1943 1944 1945 

(Dec. 31, 1942) (Dec. 31, 1943) (Dec. 31, 1944) 

15,900 16,058 16,588 

Registration .... 656 989 980 

Joinings 53 78 84 

Restoration .... 48 80 64 

757 1,147 1,128 

Withdrawal .... 130 102 117 

Suspensions .. 127 147 116 

Deaths 342 368 396 

599 617 629 

Net Gain 158 530 499 

Membership, Dec. 31st, 1945 17,087 

Commuted 3,897 4,013 3,947 





Year March 1st, 1945, to February 28tlh, 1946 

No. Name of Chapter 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 


2. The Hiram 


$ 254.50 

































































Debit Credit 
Balance Balance 

6.00 ........ 

3. St. John's, London 

4. St. Andrew and St. John .... 

5. St. George's 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 

7. The Moira 

"i.'oo ZZ!. 


8. King Solomon's 


15. Wawanosh 

16. Carleton 

18. Oxford 

19. Mount Moriah 

2.00 'Z'Z 

20. Mount Horeb 

22. Grenville 

23. Ezra 

24. Tecumseh 

26. St. Mark's 

ZZ! L75 

27. Manitou 

28. Pentalpha 

29. McCallum 

30. Huron 

31. Prince Edward 

32. Waterloo 

34. Signet 

35. Keystone 

"3.06 ZZ! 

36. Corinthian 

37. Victoria 

40. Guelph 

41. Harris 

44. Mount Sinai 

45. Excelsior 

46. St. James 

47. Wellington 

32!00 ZZ'. 

48. St. John's, Cobourg 

53. Bruce 

54. Palestine 

55. Niagara 

56. Georgian 


L50 ZZ'. 

57. King Hiram 

58. Pembroke 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 

61. Granite 

62. York 

63. Havelock 

64. Willson 

65. St. Paul's 

"s'6'6 ZZ!. 
30.50 !."!."!! 

66. The Malloch 

67. Enterprise 


68. Maitland 

69. Grimsby 

71. Prince of Wales 

2.50 ZZ'. 

72. Keystone 




No. Name of Chapter 

73. Erie 

74. Beaver 

75. St. Clair 

76. Mount Nebo 

77. Occident 

78. Minnewawa 

79. Orient 

80. Ark 

81. Aylmer 

82. Shuniah 

83. Ionic 

84. Lebanon 

88. MacNabb 

90. Golden 

91. Antiquity 

94. Midland 

95. Tuscan 

102. Algonquin 

103. St. John's, North Bay .... 

104. White Oak 

110. Warkworth 

112. St. John's, Morrisburg .... 

113. Covenant 

114. Bonnechere 

115. Brant 

116. Maple 

117. Kitchener 

119. King Cyrus 

129. Elliott 

130. Chantry 

131. Amabel 

132. Leeds 

133. St. Francis 

134. King Darius 

135. Succoth 

138. Shekinah 

140. Fort William 

143. Glengarry 

144. Presqu'Ile 

145. The St. Patrick 

146. Bernard 

147. Lucknow 

148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill. 

149. Atwood 

150. London 

151. Laurentian 

152. Alberton 

153. Sombra 

154. Klondike 

155. Ancaster 

161. Madoc 

163. The Beaches 

164. Lome 

167. Kichikewana 

168. Ionic 

169. Temiskaming 

175. The Hamilton 

Special Debit Credit 
Amount Credit Balance Balance 


































































































No. Name of Chapter 

184. Hugh Murray 





















1946 89 

Debit Credit 
Balance Balance 

185. The Toronto 

195. Peel 

198. Couchiching 

"Teo 77" 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 

210. Kitchener 

212. Mount Sinai 

213. Northern Lights 


214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Albans 

218. Prince Edward 

219. Ulster 

220. Lebanon 





221. Durham 

222. Ottawa 

223. Abitibi 

224. Keystone 


225. Beaver 

226. Prince of Wales 

227. Quinte Friendship 

230. Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair 

232. King Cyrus 

233. Oakwood 

234. Halton 

235. Aurora 

236. Caledonia 

48!Ho 77.'! 

238. The St. Andrew 

239. Blenheim 

240. Smithville 

241. University 

242. St. Paul's 

3.50 ........ 

243. McKay 

245. Preston 

246. Humber 

247. Nilestown 

248. Dochert 

249. Palestine 

250. Thomas Peter's 

251. Kirkland 

252. Hiawatha 

253. Regal 

810,942.30 $152.50 $612.80 $10.25 

Grand Chapter Alberta 

Grand Chapter B.C 130.00 ......... 

Grand Chapter Manitoba 15.60 

Grand Chapter Sask 

Grand Chapter Quebec 32.50 .....7 

Grand Chapter N. Brunswick .... 36.60 

Grand Ghapter N. Scotia 

Sundries , 7.00 

Interest 2,915.05 ........ .77! 7. .7 

Matured Debenture 

$14,079.05 $152.50 $612.80 $10.25 



Year Ended February 28th, 1946 

Registration for Exaltations $ 940.00 

Certificates 939.00 

Dues 6,431.00 

Commutation Certificates 1,740.00 

Dispensations 140.00 

Sale of Constitutions 459.00 

" " The Work 465.20 

" " Ceremonies .9.90 

" " Demit Pads 3.00 

" " Book of Marks & S.E. Registers 36.90 


Interest on Debentures — 

Dominion of Canada $2,617.50 

City of Hamilton 200.00 

Ontario Loan & Debenture 87.50 


Bank Interest 10.05 


Examined and Verified 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

Card Index System — I am pleased to report that the Master 
File, containing the complete list of living members of Grand 
Chapter has been completed. This year as the returns were 
tabulated all cards appertaining to the suspended, demitted or 
having died were removed and placed in a transfer file. As 
stated in my report of last year, we have in our office vault, 
30 drawers divided by a thousand alphabetical index where this 
record, taking an enormous task to complete is an easy refer- 
ence for our membership. 

New Books — As years go by many record books require re- 
placing, but this year there seems to be a few more than usual. 
A new register for issuing Exaltation Certificates, a new stock 
book, and a complete new ledger for Accounts Receivable. In 
addition to this there has been added a General Ledger and 
Journal by our Auditors. 

Victory Benevolent Fund — The receiving of this fund re- 
quired also a further set of Books, both Cash and Ledger, thus 
with all this additional work I can assure you that my Secre- 
tary and I have been kept very busy. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., I wish to express my 
appreciation for the continuous co-operation and promptness 
in correspondence. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 


Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Grand Scribe E. for tihe year 
1945 be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis 
of Expenditures for the year ended February 28th, 1946 : — 

Proceedings and Postage » $ 968.60 

Grand Chapter— Officers' Stationery 65.88 

Circulars and General Printing 455.48 

Printing Victory Memorial Benevolent Fund.... 105.68 

Dedication Notices and Printing Ode Sheets.... 9.18 

Committee on Instruction, Supt. Training Rpts. 4.86 


Printing for re-sale, The Work & Constitution 1,558.44 


We respectfully request that the following amounts be 
placed at the disposal of the Committee : — 

Proceedings and Postage $1,000.00 

Grand Chapter — Officers' Stationery 50.00 

General Printing and Circular 500.00 

Binding — Proceedings 50.00 

Exaltation Certificates 205.00 

Commutation Receipts 75.00 


Printing for re-sale, Installation Ceremonies.. 90.00 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

N. M. SPRAGUE, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. N. M. Sprague, and — 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Executive Committee on Printing 
be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, and the Grand 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee on Investments reports that following the 
adoption of the recommendation submitted by Committee on 
Finance to dispose of the Canadian National Railway Bonds, 
5% due 1954— Par value— $2,500.00. They were disposed of and 
their market value was at a premium that by payment of 
$36.78, we purchased Dominion of Canada 3% Bonds to the 
Par Value of $3,000.00 payable October 1st, 1963. 


Par Value 
City of Hamilton Debentures, Interest 5%, payable half- 
yearly, May 1st and November 1st; due May 1st, 1949. 
(Registered as to Principal) $4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, 
June 1st and December 1st; due June 1st, 1960. (Fully 
Registered) 86,000.00 

The Ontario Loan & Debenture Co., Interest 3%%, payable 
half-yearly, June 1st and December 1st; due June 1st, 
1946. (Principal Registered) 2,500.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, 
April 1st and October 1st; due October 1st, 1963. 
(Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

War Savings Certificates, due 1948 600,00 


We recommend that the Ontario Loan & Debenture Co. 
Debentures, Interest 3V&%, which are due June 1st, 1946, be 
reinvested to the best interest of Grand Chapter. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

Oliver Ellwood, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of the Chairman on Investments for 
the year 1945, be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Right Excellent Companion Clarence Pitts has presented 
the following Notice of Motion : 

I hereby give notice that I will move or cause to be moved 
that Section 261 of the Constitution be deleted and the follow- 
ing substituted therefor: 

"Section 261. — No candidate shall be admitted, or Companion 
received as an affiliated member, if, on the ballot being taken, more 
than one black ball appears against him. A Chapter may, however, 
by By-law, require the unanimous consent of the members present." 

Your Committee has considered the above amendment and 
finds that there is no legal objection to this Motion being pre- 
sented to Grand Chapter. 

John M. Burden, 
April 13th, 1946. Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. John M. Burden, and — 


Resolved, — That the Report of the Executive Committee on Constitu- 
tion, Laws and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 



Most Excellent Sir and Companions : 

In the Book of Job, in the Old Testament, we find these 
words — "I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He shall 
stand at the latter day upon the earth ; and though after my 
skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God". 

It is well for us, Companions of the Royal Arch, to think 
occasionally of some pointed utterance in Holy Writ that brings 
forcibly to our minds that though we die — yet in our flesh 
shall we see God. 


In this hope must our sorrow be leavened by the joy of 
believing that the 396 of our Companions who departed from 
our midst this last year, are resting in the paradise of God, 
and that, like Job, we shall with them stand in our flesh and 
see God. 

From our midst distinguished Companions have gone to 
their reward — 

Francis George McLean 

Right Excellent Companion Francis George McLean was 
born on June 2nd, 1879, at Kendal, Ontario. He was a member 
and Past Master of Zetland Lodge, No. 326, and Past District 
Deputy Grand Master of District "C", Toronto. He was ex- 
alted in The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, on May 17th, 1916 
and was First Principal in 1927. Later was elected Grand 
Superintendent of No. 8 District, Toronto, in 1929. He was 
made an Honorary Member of the Grand Executive of Grand 
Chapter in 1942, and was for many years a most efficient Chair- 
man of the Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry. 

Further, our late distinguished Companion was a Past 
Grand Master of the Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters, 
Cryptic Rite, in 1940, and a member of the Lodge of Perfection 
14°, Scottish Rite. 

In business, he was Secretary of the Pease Foundry Com- 
pany. He, also, was a director of the Boulevard Club, and an 
enthusiastic lawn bowler; and an active member of the Erskine 
United Church. 

We shall miss this loved and distinguished late Right Ex- 
cellent Companion, and his passing is a great loss to this 
Order, but — 

"We meet at one gate 
When all's over. The ways they are many and wide, 
And seldom are two ways the same. 

Side by side we stand at the same little door when all's done! 
The ways they are many, the end it is one." 

With the relatives and friends, whose grief is the most 
poignant, we lament and grieve over the passing of our loved 
Companions, and extend to their near and dear ones our sincere 
sympathy, love and blessing. 


Two of our Sister Grand Jurisdictions in Canada have each 
lost a distinguished Companion — 

British Columbia — Rev. Canon Samuel Fea, 
Honorary G.Z. 1939. 

Nova Scotia — George Dewar MacDougall, 
G.H.P. in 1914. 

We extend to the members of those Grand Jurisdictions 
our sincere sympathy in the loss sustained by the passing of 
these two eminent Companions. 

Our Sister Grand Jurisdictions in the United States of 
America have, again, this past year suffered the loss of many 
distinguished Companions, among such being 24 Past Grand 
High Priests — (one eminent Companion having held that 
Grand Office in the years 1878 and 1879) ; one Grand Chaplain, 
one Grand Scribe, one Grand Sentinel, and one District Grand 
High Priest. With them we grieve over the passing of these 
loved ones, and extend our sincere sympathy in this time of 

Finally, we now are able to say: "The Strife is o'er, the 
battle won", so far as the late conflict is concerned, and many 
sad hearts are to be found among our Royal Arch Companions, 
through the loss of loved ones whom they will never see again 
in this life, but there is the great satisfaction of a task well 
done; of a sacrifice on the altar of duty; of an ideal enriched 
and ennobled by this supreme offering for the liberty of man- 
kind and the peace of the World. 

Surely the passing of all those young men who crossed the 
Great Divide before living fully their earthly life, is an incen- 
tive to us to be strong, virile, potent and sound in our daily 
life here on earth, so that by our prayers and beliefs we shall 
each of us sometime "stand in our flesh and see God." 

In conclusion, let me urge all Companions to read and under- 
stand that Book, which lies open on our Altar at all meetings 
— this Great Light — which, as someone has said, contains the 
mind of God, the state of man, the doom of sinners and the 
happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy — its precepts 
are binding, its histories are true and its decisions are immut- 


Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practise it to be 
holy. It contains light to guide you, food to support you and 
comfort to cheer you. It is the traveller's map, the pilgrim's 
staff, the prophet's compass, and the soldier's sword. 

Here Heaven is opened and the gates of Hell disclosed. 

Peace and heaven lie all about us. 

God's in His heaven! 
Pe«ace within makes heaven without us. 

God's in His heaven! 
God's great love shall fail us never, 
We are His, and His for ever. 
All's well! All's well! 

All's well! 

— Oxenham. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

A. G. N. Bradshaw, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 

Fraternal Dead 

Sister Grand Jurisdictions in the United States of America : 
Delaware— John Oliver, G.H.P., 1905. 
Florida— William Russell O'Neal, G.H.P., 1916. 
Illinois— David S. Davidson, G.H.P., 1929-1930; Isaac N. 

Tomlinson, G.H.P., 1939-1940. 
Indiana— Stanley Gordon Myers, G.H.P., 1933. 
Iowa— 0. J. Kirketig, G.H.P., 1932. 
Kentucky— Hanson Peterson, G.H.P., 1921-1922. 
Louisiana — Louis Eschenbrenner, Grand Sentinel. 
Maine— Frederick Osgood Eaton, G.H.P., 1917. 
Montana— Dr. Robert Wilson Getty, G.H.P., 1913-1914; 

Ray Martin Armour, G.H.P., 1928-1929 ; Rev. Oscar A. 

White, Grand Chaplain, 1925-1942. 
Mississippi — Jere H. Power, G.H.P., 1918; Clyde James 

Van Arsdall, G.H.P., 1924; Ray Kelly Smith, G.H.P., 

Nebraska— Francis E. White, G.H.P., 1878-1879 ; Chauncey 

L. Wattles, G.H.P., 1915-1916; David Clark Hilton, 

G.H.P., 1945. 


Nevada— William B. S. Park, G.H.P., 1923-1924; Charles E. 

Whitesides, G.H.P., 1925-1926. 
Ohio— Clem A. Beal, Grand Scribe E., 1944-1945. 
South Carolina — William Whetstone Wannamake, P.G.H.P. 
South Dakota— Louis George Levoy, G.H.P., 1893-1894. 
Texas— George R. Kimbrough, D.G.H.P., 1944-1945. 
Vermont — Rev. Henry Lincoln Ballow, G.H.P., 1935. 
Washington — Charles Glastonburg Smyth, G.H.P., 1917. 
Wisconsin— Fred S. Thompson, G.H.P., 1935; Donald W. 

Weaver, G.H.P., 1942. 

DEATHS, 1945 

Chapter No. 

1. Hugh McPherson, Lornia John Austin, Frank L. Newman, Alva F. 
James, William G. Gray, Gilbert W. Boss. 

2. Charles Moore, Arthur E. Barnwell, William J. Wright, Edward 
W. A. O'Dell, J. W. Cunningham, Albert Drewery. 

3. Jesse A. Jones, Dr. Wm. J. Weekes, Wm. R. Meaden, Wm. Liver- 
more, Gordon Raymond Finchamp. 

4. J. A. Troke, George Robert Owen. 

5. Thos. Henry Yull, George S. Jewell, William Briggs. 

6. T. H. Hand, D. B. Hodge, G. E. Martin. 

7. Edward Blake Ashley, Fred S. Deacon, William Cooke, A. Beverley 
Gribble, Roy Cameron Cronk. 

8. C. E. Warren, Wilford R. Scott, Stephen J. New, Albert H. Loug- 
heed, J. A. Carveth. 

15. William G. Oldham, R. Vryling Le Sueur, W. J. McCormack, Alfred 
McLocklin, James Sweet. 

16. John L. Cullvert, William H. Oaltes, Robert Peel Taylor, James R. 
Cameron, Ellsworth McLolchie. 

18. William Henry Martin, James Peter Pratt, William Montgomery, 
John Deadman, Thomas Meadows, Harry Bennett Becker. 

19. Thomas Fairburne, Grove Davis, George Harold Wheeler. 

20. George Henry Head, Donald D. McPhail, Frederick Westbrook, Dr. 
Daniel Edwin Russell, James Henry Edmanson, Arthur Franklin 
Dell, Angus Campbell. 

22. Fred S. Lane. 

23. Frederick Pursell, Mar Wilson. 

24. William P. Heinbuck, John Victor Mannell, John Thomas Wright. 

26. Myron Vanalstine, Walter H. Norris, Col. Arthur E. Bywater. 

27. Frank H. Nettleton, John Francis Collins, Dougald Munro. 

28. Robert Samuel Stacey, James Blair Ross. 

29. M. A. Morrison, Samuel Amsden, C. C. Warner. 

30. Frank Dunn. 

31. Carl Alexander Brownson, Percy Robert McMaster, Herbert Sills 
Foster, Stephen Noxon. 

32. Thomas C. Pearse, Frank Balne, Frank Reder Wray, William J. 

34. Albert G. Gallop, J. Babb, Phillip Love, Angus McKinnon, Richard 
James Neilly, Ebenezer Todd. 

35. Arthur Henry Allin, Marshall Prentice. 


Chapter No. 

36. J. R. Fraser, William Allen, Robert G. Kingan, Robert N. Jones. 

37. Edward Bowen, Fred Walter Diamond, Colin Sidney Hamly. 

40. George R. Morris, Frederick Arthur Lewis. 

41. Frederick Bennett. 

4-1. Theodore V. Clarke, Peter Ganas, Cyrus B. Creighton. 

45. Charles B. Kirk. 

46. Joseph Rea, James Davis. 

47. George Albert Holmes, Joseph Harry Saddington, Edmund Wanless, 
Sidney Bacheldor, Arthur Brown, Chester Alfred Lister. 

48. Bernard T. McGhie, Frederick C. Pepino. 

54. William Richardson, John S. Frazer, Charles E. Locke, Duncan 
Turner, Herbert Farley, Richard Fryfogel, John Benjafield, Edward 
H. Caughell. 

55. George Sidney Bale. 

57. Emanuel J. Ellsworth, J. J. Moriarty, William H. Cowan. 

58. John B. White. 

59. Duncan M. Robertson, Samuel Easter, Owen Rayworth, James H. 
Babcock, Oscar Quirmbach. 

61. Thomas E. James, Edgar John Lee. 

62. Ernie Brown, George E. Rennie, Harry Jennings, James Kendle, 
Thomas Grice, John T. Watson, George Warren. 

63. L. J. Gilleland, John L. McKenzie. 

64. James S. O'Neal. 

65. Robert Charles Donald, Wm. Renwick Riddell. 

66. Henry Edge. 

68. Samuel Cangtry. 

69. James A. Wray, Jack H. Gibson. 

71. Peter Milne. 

72. Charles E. Bleecken, John R. West, James W. Haggerty. 

73. George Cowie. 

75. David Hartley. 

76. Col. J. Lymburner, Wm. Bainsfair MacCarthy. 

77. John W. Connell, W. A. Taylor, John Edward Johnson, John William 
Fox, Thos. Edward Milburn, Ephraim Dawson, Thos. John Allen, 
Robert Henry Cuthbert. 

79. F. J. R. Dewar, Peter Philp Harrison, Geo. William Wright. 

80. Glen Russello, James S. Evans, A. Edgar, Walter H. Mallender, 
E. G. Rushbrooke, Jr., Roy Mitton, John H. Rodd, Thos. McMillan. 

81. J. Earl Warren, Russell M. Wilson, George Wm. Marlatt, Harry J. 

82. C. N. Simpson, W. J. Vigars, Thos. Falls, D. S. Wentzell, P. Lawson, 
R. M. Shaw, A. E. Everest. 

84. John Walton McKibbon, Hugh S. Chittich, Bertram A. Hiscox, 

Thomas W. Walker. 
88. Frank Myers. 

90. John Manfred Englund, George Edward Noseworthy, Frank 

91. Alexander G. McCorquodale. 

94. Frank Webster, Chris. Tozios, Fred A. Martin. 

95. John Andrew Bell, James Sommerville McKessock, Richard Dorsett, 
Herbert S. Young. 

102. Wesley Burns Moorhouse, Horace Fawcett Goodfellow, Thomas J. 

103. Hazel Frances Graham, Jas. Boynton Moore, Charles Edgar Taylor, 
Adam Torrance, Russell H. Thompson, Charles Lough Ferguson. 

104. James Hewson, George Ford. 
112. G. L. Corey. 


Chapter No. 

111... William H. Mowat, Frank Stedwell. 

114. James Wilson.^ 

115. J. Wesley Thompson. 

116. Thomas Fraser, John R. Hamilton, Richard Woolley, W. Heber 
McCallum, George H. Findlay. 

117. John Dreher, Fred Halstead, Richard J. Wright, George Eidt Ratz. 
119. Cameron Roy Wigle, Glen McK. Russelo, Perry Shanks, Theodore 

Hardy Wigle, Benson W. Cox. 

130. George W. Martin. 

131. Ira Irvine Vary, Ephraim Y. Jackson, David Allen. 
.132.. Robt. Webster, James Alex. Thomson. 

133. Charles Luscombe, John R. Hamilton, Edward Earl, George H. 

135. Walter Tunstell. 
138. Peter Muir Grant, Abraham Chamandy, Allan Binns, Frederick 

Charles Topping. 
140. William J. Houston, Alex. C. McGregor, Daniel McNab, Edward 

Q+- 1 T r* \r 1 p c g 

145. P. Black,' Dr. H. G. Batty, John Burt, R. T. Curson, W. H. Daws, 
A. T. Grainger, L. J. Linton, H. J. Logan, Fred Marks, John Nicholls, 
G. N. Perrington, W. R. Riddell, D. C. Scott, W. R. Seaton, John 
Walford, A. M. Markham, F. G. McLean, John D. Todd. 

146. Wm. D. Burns, Sam A. Johnston. 

147. George H. Smith. 

148. John Kenneth Fraser, Fred MacAdam, Martin Ward Sheppard. 

149. Andrew Austin Cameron, Percival James Wilson. 

150. Archie Ferguson, Donald A. Steele, A. Smith, T. H. Baker. 

151. James Craig Sutton, John Thomas Collins. 

152. Wallace W. Wees, Keath C. Ferguson, Wm. T. R. Smith. 

153. William James Cousins. 

154. William Alfred Williams, Ernest Schink, Lewis Henry Titus. 

155. Hugh Braithwaite. 
161. Hugh Kellar. 

163. J. E. Allison, Clair Hague. 

168. A. C. Denike, R. A. Buchanan, Albert E. Wragg. 

169. Ross G. McFarlane, Frank L. Smiley. 

175. Paul Judson Myler, David Foster Griffith, William Clair Street, 
Wilbert Nelson Elliott, Llewellyn Lloyd, George William Tebbs, 
Thomas Witty Kirby. 

184. Edward L. Ramey. 

195. Bruce McKenzie, James Harmsworth, Robert A. Westfall. 

198. John Page Wells, William David Mott. 

203. Harold A. Seymour. 

205. Charles Phillip Hills. 

210. George Cochran, James W. Marrow. 

214. George Graham, Frederick George Loosemore. 

215. William L. Treacy, Charles Harvey McQuarrie, Percy Weise, Fred- 
erick J. Savage, Andrew Wilson Gray, Smith Hazard. 

218. John Anthony Hughes. 

219. William Bush, Basil Easery . 

221. James H. Boyd, Thomas Henderson. 

222. Alton H. Mick, Fred J. Davis, Wm. James Moore, C. S. McGillvray, 
P. E. Watters. 

223. Frank K. Ebbitt, Thomas J. Hogg, Alexander K. McLeish. 

224. James Rogers, Gordon A. McCulloch, C. Edwin Fisher. 

225. Anthony Harry Davy. 

226. Fred Forsythe, John H. Hardy, J. Edward De'Haslet. 

227. James Owen Herity, Fred S. Deacon. 


Chapter No. 

230. Charles E. Burgess. 

231. Garner Allen Charles, Arthur James Hulbert. 

232. Alexander Arthur. 
234. George Dobson. 

236. John William Shepherd, 1944. 
238. V. K. Greer. 

240. Hamilton Hitchcock. 

241. Thomas William Wallington. 

242. James Charles Crinklow, James Andrew Kelly, Albert Edward 

243. Edward Robert Atkins. 
245. Jno. F. W. Bradley. 

216. William Charles Burrage. 

248. Allan Elliot Wilson, Arthur Harry Pepper. 

249. John J. Gilpillace, Frank F. Morris, Manson W. Comstock. 

250. Peter Milne, Joseph Fairhurst. 

251. Wally Wees. 

252. Byron Ray Atmore. 

Fraternal Correspondence 

Most Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner presented his report 
on "Fraternal Correspondence" and requested that as many 
as possible read the same. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Fraternal Correspondence be 
received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions : — 

Your Committee consisting of Ex. Comp. R. A. MacFadden, 
Grand Chapter Auditor ; R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, Chairman 
of Committee on Finance; R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, and 
members of the Advisory Committee, appointed to review the 
problem of Life Memberships in Constituent Chapters, begs to 
report as follows: 

(a) Your Committee is of the opinion that financial diffi- 
culty has been experienced by many Chapters, due to sale of 
Life Memberships, and funds derived therefrom, expended 
through the general funds of the Chapter. 


(b) Purchase of Life Membership should be on such a 
scale that the Chapter would not be in any worse position than 
if such Life Membership had not been granted. 

(c) Funds received from sale of Life Memberships should 
not be placed in general funds of the Chapter, but should be 
invested, kept invested and re-invested. 

(d) The schedule adopted should be such that a Compan- 
ion purchasing Life Membership would have the assurance 
that he is not penalized by becoming a Life Member. 

(e) Any schedule of fees for Life Membership should be 
based upon the life expectancy table, and the factors entering 
into this calculation ought to be the age of the applicant at the 
time of application and not the number of years the applicant 
has been a Companion, the life expectancy of the applicant, 
the rate of interest the funds will earn, and the amount of the 
annual dues of the Chapter. 

(f ) The schedule of fees submitted is based upon an in- 
terest rate of 3% compounded annually. 

(g) The actuarial requirements of this fund should be 
reviewed at least every decade to bring it into conformity 
with prevailing rates. 

We are, therefore, submitting for your consideration an 
amendment to Section 246 of the Constitution of Grand Chap- 
ter with the recommendation that, subject to your approval, 
this amendment be placed before the members of Grand Chap- 
ter for their consideration at the Annual Convocation in April, 
1946, and after such consideration to be submitted for adoption 
as an amendment to the Constitution of Grand Chapter at the 
next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter in 1947. 

"Section 246: A Constituent Chapter may, by by-law, admit any of 
its members to Life Membership upon payment to the Chapter of a sum 
of money to be determined by multiplying the annual dues of the Chapter 
(less the per Capita dues to Grand Chapter) by the amount shown in 
the following schedule opposite the age of the life member at his last 
birth date. In addition thereto, there shall be paid by the life member 
the commutation fee of Grand Chapter, which amount shall be forwarded 
forthwith to Grand Chapter, and such payment shall exempt the Chapter 
from the payment of further dues to Grand Chapter on his behalf. All 
li ? e membership funds shall be kept in a separate account and invested 


in such investments as are authorized by law for trust funds, and no 
portion of such fund and income thereon may be expended by the Chap- 
ter, except that at the end of each calendar year during the lifetime of 
such life member there may be transferred to the general funds of the 
Chapter the amount of the annual dues payable at the time of the grant- 
ing of such life membership, less the per Capita dues to Grand Chapter. 





per annum 


per annum 


per annum 















































































































(NOTE: The above fees are based on the assumption that such funds 
will earn a return of 3% compounded annually.) 

Yours fraternally, 

John M. Burden, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Life Membership 
be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., and Members of the Grand 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: — 

I present herewith my annual report as Auditor of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada for the fiscal 
year ended February 28, 1946. This report consists of the 
Exhibits and Schedule listed herein and my comments thereon : 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1946. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure 
Account for the year ended February 28, 1946. 

Schedule "1" — Investments as at February 28, 1946. 

Balance Sheet — — 

The Cash on Hand and in Transit has been deposited to the 
credit of the Grand Chapter subsequent to February 28, 1946. 
The bank balances have been certified to me by your Bankers 
and all the Bank transactions for the year ended February 28, 
1946, have been examined in detail. 

The Accounts Receivable from Chapters as at February 28, 
1946, have been verified by direct reference to the First Prin- 
cipals of the Chapters concerned. The Grand Chapter records 
of the transactions with the several Constituent Chapters for 
the fiscal year ended February 28, 1946, have been examined 
in detail, as have also the annual returns to Grand Chapter 
by the several Chapters. 

The Inventories as set out in Exhibit "A" have been fur- 
nished to me by the Grand Scribe E., and I have satisfied my- 
self as to the substantial correctness of both quantities and 

The Investments as set out in Schedule "1" were examined 
by me on March 1, 1946, in the presence of the Grand First 
Principal, the Grand Scribe E., and the Grand Treasurer. They 
are held in a safe-deposit box at the Yonge and Queen branch, 
Toronto, of the Canadian Bank of Commerce in the joint cus- 


tody of the Grand Chapter Officers set out above. All securi- 
ties are registered in the name of the Grand Chapter. 

Furniture and Fixtures are shown at cost and the usual 
provision has been made for depreciation. Regalia is carried 
at a nominal value as a matter of record. 

The Trust Account balance as shown in Exhibit "A", is the 
total of the remittances to the Grand Scribe E. by the Chap- 
ters on account of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
as at February 28, 1946. 

So far as I have been able to ascertain, all known liabilities 
have been taken up on the books of account as at February 28, 

The Reserve for Life Memberships represents the commu- 
tations received during the fiscal years ended February 28, 

A summary of the transactions affecting the General Re- 
serve is provided in Exhibit "A". 

Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account — 

The Budget for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1946, 
has been set out in Exhibit "B" and compared with the Actual 
Revenue and Expenditure for that year. The year's operations 
resulted in a Net Expenditure of $319.33, which has been 
charged against the General Reserve. I note that the total 
Revenue was $1,069.39 in excess of the Estimated Revenue, 
and the total expenditure was $1,211.16 in excess of the Esti- 
mated Expenditure, resulting in a deficit of $141.77 in excess 
of the Estimates. 

General — 

I have examined and verified the books of account of the 
Grand Scribe E. and of the Grand Treasurer, quarterly, during 
the fiscal year and have already reported to you on my preced- 
ing examinations. 

Insurance Policies and Renewal Receipts have been ex- 
amined covering the Fidelity Bond of the Grand Scribe E., in 
the amount of $2,500.00, and the contents of the Grand Scribe 
E.'s office in the amount of $1,000.00. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 




Current Assets — 

Cash — on Hand $ 3.75 

—in Bank 4,371.22 

—in Transit . 516.90 


Accounts Receivable — Chapters 602.55 

Accrued Interest on Investments .... 771.04 

Inventories (Supplies for Distribu- 
tion) — 

Rituals $ 970.50 

Constitutions 379.99 

Demits 20.87 

Registers 6.15 


$ 7,642.97 

Cash in Bank— Trust Account 5,239.61 

Investments— (Schedule "1") 96,025.60 

Furniture and Fixtures 526.76 

Less — Reserve for Depreciation.... 213.42 


Regalia — Grand Council 75.00 

Deferred Charges — Inventories 
(Supplies for Use) — 

Jewels 48.25 

Certificates 45.00 

Stationery 409.50 




Accounts Payable $ 250.00 

Reserve for Thanksgiving Fund 5,239.61 

Reserve for Life Memberships 3,610.00 

General Reserve — 

Balance— March 1, 1945 $104,276.91 

Add — Premium on Investments 404.75 


Deduct — Transfers to Reserve 

for Life Memberships.. 3,610.00 

— Provision for Deprecia- 
tion 52.67 

— Net Expenditure — Ex- 
hibit "B" 319.33 






Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for the Year Ending 

February 28, 1946 




Certificates $1,000.00 

Dues 6,700.00 

Life Memberships 1,500.00 

Fees ~ 1,000.00 

Dispensations 125.00 

Sales — Constitutions $ 

— Rituals 

— Ceremonies 

— Demit Pads 

— Sundries 

Actual Revenue 
$ 979.00 
171.00 : 



or under 

$ 21.00* 











Interest 2,992.50 



Total Revenue $13,317.50 

Total Expenditure 13,495.06 

Net Expenditure $177.56 

$14,386.89 $1,069.39* 
14,706.22 ! 1,211.16* 

$319.33= $141.77* 




Estimated *over 

Expenditure Actual Expenditure or under 

Benevolence— Grants $1,500.00 $1,300.00 a $ 200.00 

—Inspection 50.00 50.00 / 

1,550.00 $1,350.00 

Grand Scribe E. — 

Compensation 3,600.00 3,600.00 r 

Grand Treasurer — 

Honorarium 250.00 250.00 ^ 

3,850.00 3,850.00 

Grand Scribe E. — 

Office Assistant 889.44 678.98 ' 210.46 

Rent 556.44 556.44^ 

Telephone 111.00 126.56 A 15.56* 

Office Incidentals 300.00 323.79 a 23.79* 

1,856.88 1,685.77 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 300.00 A 

Audit Fees 250.00 275.00 A 25.00* 

Bond Premium & Insurance.. 15.20 10.00 fi 5.20 

565.20 585.00 

Printing— Proceedings 897.98 968.60 * 70.62* 

—General 400.00 900.17 j 500.17* 

1,297.98 1,868.77 

Travelling Expenses — 

Grand Z 900.00 870.82 ' 29.18 

I.P.G.Z 150.00 * 150.00* 

Grand H 55.15. 55.15* 

Grand Scribe E 21.60 . 21.60* 

General 450.00 173.81 r 276.19 

1,350.00 1,271.38 

Bank Charges 3.61 \ 3.61* 

Education Expenses 600.00 739.04 -* 139.04* 

Convocation Expenses 725.00 1,025.21 A 300.21* 

Executive Committee Exp 675.00 652.95-^ 22.05 

Flowers 50.00 23.50* 26.50 

Jewels and Engraving 150.00 203.40 A 53.40* 

Committee on Instruction 

and Advisory 100.00 48.91 * 51.09 

Grant — Canadian Red Cross 

Society 250.00 250.00 A 

2,550.00 2,946.62 K 

Grand Z.— Regalia 125.00 106.53* 18.47 

I.P.G.Z. Testimonial 350.00 350.00* 

Cost of Supplies Sold 692.15 : * 692.15* 

Total Expenditure 13,495.06 14,706.22 1,211.16* 




Investments as at February 28, 1946 

1. Dominion of Canada, 3%, 1960 $ 86,000.00 

2. Dominion of Canada, 3%, 1963 3,000.00 

3. Dominion of Canada, War Savings Certificates, 1948 525.60 

4. City of Hamilton, 5%, 1949 4,000.00 

5. Ontario Loan and Debenture Company, 3^%, 1946 2,500.00 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions : — 

Your Committee on Finance submits herewith its report 
for the year ending- February 28th, 1946. 

We are again glad to report that the general financial con- 
dition of Grand Chapter is sound and our Investment Account 
shows an increase amounting to $425.00. The Bank Balances 
as at February 28th, 1946, amount to $4,888.12. 

It is again gratifying to note that the amount of Outstand- 
ing Dues owing to Grand Chapter by the Constituent Chapters 
is $602.55. This amount compares favorably with the amount 
$418.40 as carried as an Account Receivable, February 28th, 

The year's operations have resulted in a net deficit 
of $319.33, which amount has been charged against the Gen- 
eral Reserve. In reviewing the Budget as submitted and ap- 
proved last year, we find the Estimated Revenue and Expendi- 
tures resulted in a deficit of $141.77 in excess of the Estimates. 

The Finance Committee calls attention to the fact that the 
Exhibit "B" as submitted in the Auditor's Statement is a com- 
parison of actual revenue and expenditure as against budgeted 
revenue and expenditure and is not intended to correspond 
to receipts and disbursements as shown in the Grand Treas- 
urer's report, although they are in complete accord when recon- 

The Finance Committee recommends to Grand Chapter 
that a sufficient amount be transferred from the General Re- 
serve in order to bring the Life Membership Fund up to 


$30,000.00 ($26,150.00) and until the actuarial expectancy of 
life be obtained for each life member the full commutation fee 
of $10.00 be placed in the Fund subject to an adjustment with 
the General Fund at a later date when the necessary informa- 
tion regarding life expectancy can be compiled. All interest 
earned by this Fund is to be credited in this Fund and the 
per capita fee of 50c. per life member is to be withdrawn from 
the Fund at the end of each Financial Year and credited to 
General Receipts under Life Membership Dues. 

In preparing for your approval the estimate of Revenue 
and Expenditure for the financial year ending February 28th, 
1947, we again found it not possible to submit to you a balanced 
Budget due to the fact that we had to provide for certain in- 
creases in some of the uncontrollable expenditures and are 
therefore estimating for a deficit of $794.94. 

We submit for your approval the following estimate of ex- 
penditures for the year ending February 28th, 1947. 

The following are the itemized estimated Receipts for the 
same period: 


Revenue Expenditure 

Certificates $1,000.00 Benevolence $1,380.00 

Dues 6,500.00 Benevolence Inspection.. 50.00 

Life Membership Dues.. 2,000.00 Grand Scribe E., corn- 
Fees 1,000.00 pensation 3,600.00 

Dispensations 150.00 Salary, Office Assistant 1,020.00 

Rent 556.44 

$10,650.00 Telephone 111.00 

Interest 2,057.50 Hon. Grand Treasurer.. 250.00 

Estimated Revenue from Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Thanksgiving Victory Audit Fee 275.00 

Fund 500.00 Bond Premium 10.00 

Floater Insurance 25.00 

$13,207.50 Printing Proceedings .... 1,000.00 

General Printing 800.00 

Travelling Expenses, 

Grand Z 900.00 

General Travelling 450.00 

Incidentals, Scribe E 300.00 

Education Expenses 725.00 

Convocation Expenses .. 1,150.00 

Executive Com. Exp 675.00 

Flowers 50.00 

Jewels and Engraving.... 275.00 

Com. on Instruction 100.00 



We wish to express to you, Most Excellent Sir, our appreci- 
ation for your counsel and assistance and to the Grand Scribe 
E. for his co-operation at all times. 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted, 

K. N. Carrie, Chairman 

R. V. Conover, 

J. M. Burden, 

F. W. Dean, 

C. M. Pitts, 

W. C. Gorsline, 

J. E. GlRVEN. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Ken. Carrie, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Executive Committee on Finance 
be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

It is a pleasure to report that the usefulness of our Lending 
Library has again increased considerably over the previous 
year, and books, loaned to non-resident Companions totalled 
90, but I find that those living in Toronto have not yet shown 
equal interest. 

Six books were added, at a cost of $7.25, making a total of 
80 available for loans. Binding and repairs cost $6.65, and 
postage on books and letters amounted to $6.42. Total, $20.32. 

At the beginning of the season, lists were sent to all Grand 
Superintendents and to all Scribe's E., with request that they 
make this service as widely known as possible. But there is 
still room for improvement in this direction. 


Several books were loaned to the Grand Z. of New Bruns- 
wick, M. Ex. Comp. Leggett, but no other requests came from 
outside our Jurisdiction except from Mexico, where a Grand 
Chapter has now been organized. In connection with this, an 
edition in Spanish of our booklet, "Links between Lodge and 
Chapter", has been published by a local Companion. 

Our own reprint of this booklet is now exhausted, and the 
securing of a further supply is advisable, also another supply 
of lists of our books. I am sure that increased publicity in our 
Chapter summonses will do much to awaken Companions to the 
potential advantages provided them through our Library 

Respectfully submitted, 

N. W. J. Haydon, 


It was moved by R. Ex: Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Lending Library 
be received and adopted. 

Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m., to 
permit the Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents 
and elect the Officers of Grand Chapter for the ensuing year 
and the next place of meeting. 


The Principals' Association of Hamilton entertained the 
delegates to Dinner in the Ball Room of the Royal Connaught 
Hotel. The Guest Speaker being His Honor Judge George 
Edward Bushnell of Detroit, Michigan. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25th, 1946 
Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.35 o'clock a.m. 


The Grand Chapter of Canada 
Lending Library Service 

888 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario. 

List of Books available. Revised to April, 1946. 

Rules of Grand Lodge Library govern this Service. 

Companions are requested to select two or more titles in case the 
first mentioned is on loan; or else to state the subject on which informa- 
tion is desired. 

♦Abstracts from Masonic Authorities, J. E. Ames. 

Antiquity of the Royal Arch, Rev. F. Castells. 

Apocalypse of Freemasonry, Rev. F. Castells. 

Arithmetic of Freemasonry, Rev. F. Castells. 

Genuine Secrets of Freemasonry, Rev. F. Castells. 

Historical Analysis of the R. A. Ritual, Rev. F. Castells. 

British Masonic Miscellany, Vols. 15 and 16. 

Comparison of Hebrew and Egyptian Symbols, F. Portal. 

Craft and the R.A., W. H. Topley. 

Explanation of the R. A. Degree, J. S. M. Ward. 
♦Fragments of Ancient Lectures, A. D. Burrage. 

Genuine Secrets of Fmy., Rev. F. Castells. 

Higher Degrees Hand Book, J. S. M. Ward. 

History and Allegory of the R. A., Rev. W. W. C. Crump. 

History of Fmy. and Concordant Orders, Hughan & Stillson. 
♦History of R.A. Degrees, C. A. Conover. 

Introduction to Mark Masonry, J. A. Grantham. 

Introduction to R. A. Masonry, "Essex Master". 

Keystone of Masonic Arch, C. Scott. 
*K. S. Temple, with data for M.E.M.'s, C. A. Conover. 
♦Master Masons' Marks for M.M.M.'s, C. A. Conover. 
♦Lessons in Capitular Masonry, C. C. Hunt. 
♦Light from the Sanctuary, C. A. Snodgrass. 

Mark Degree, B. R. Springett. 

Masonic Lectures, A. J. Greenlaw. 

Master's Word (two parts), C. C. Hunt. 
♦More Light, W. F. Kuhn. 

Mystery of the Fate of the Ark, Rev. C. C. Dobson. 

Organisation of the R. A. Chapter in 1725, Rev. F. Castells. 

Origin of the English Rite, W. J. Hughan. 

Origin of the Royal Arch, Rev. G. Oliver. 

Pillars, J. A. Evans. 

Proceedings of Grand Chapter from 1857. 

Royal Arch Masonry, J. Stokes. 

Royal Arch Mason's Vision of God, Rev. W. W. C. Crump. 

Royal Rite, Wm. Moull. 

Second Temple. Rev. W. S. Caldecott. 

Sidelights on Freemasonry, Rev. J. T. Lawrence. 

The Keystone, Rev. J. T. Lawrence. 

The Perfect Ashlar, Rev. J. T. Lawrence. 

Highways and Byways of Fmy., Rev. J. T. Lawrence. 

Signs and Symbols, Rev. A. Churchward. 

Story of the Royal Arch, Wm. Harvey. 

♦Indicates U. S. Publications. 



V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, Chairman and R. Ex. Comp. 
James W. Woodland, Vice-Chairman, presented the results 
of the Election as follows: — 


M. Ex. Comp. Reginald Van Every Conover Grand Z. 

27 Peel Avenue, Brampton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand H. I Grand 

244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. f Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand J. 

349a Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. J 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Garnet Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

67 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith ...» Grand Scribe E. 

582 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Walter M. Lee Grand Chaplain 

Markdale, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Philip Claire Ellis Grand Scribe N. 

R. R. No. 3, Brockville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Gordon Smitton Grand Principal Sojourner 

Stoney Creek, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Wilfred Pearson Grand Registrar 

107 St. John's Road, Toronto, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Alex. G. N. Bradshaw, 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, 

619 Euclid Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Nostrand M. Sprague. 

103 Shuter Street, Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Powers, 

22 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

Grand Superintendents 

The nominations for Grand Superintendents were sub- 
mitted to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased 
to approve, and the following selections were confirmed : — 

R. Ex. Comp. Russell Rivers Dusten St. Clair District No. 1 

Dresden, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Stannard London " 2 

431 Hamilton Road, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Francis Henry Bond Wilson " 3 

99 Riddell Street, Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Allen Cromarty Mason Wellington " 4 

131 Peter Street, Kitchener, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Wallace Allen Hamilton " " 5 

Church Street, Ancaster, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Edighoffer „„....Huron " " 6 

Mitchell, Ontario. 



R. Ex. Comp. Charles Louis Leys Niagara District 

2371 Limdy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Sydney Sparks Toronto East 

417 Elm Road, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Orr Herman Sloan Toronto West 

26 Main Street North, Weston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Mathew Hendry McGuire ....Georgian 

Box 100, Penetanguishene, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert R. Harry Wilson Ontario 

89 Alice Street, Oshawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Pow Prince Edward 

Box 222, Tronton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Ivan Lane St. Lawrence 

R. R. No. 2, Prescott, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Ellis Meldrum Ottawa 

35 Heney Street, Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Hirst Algoma 

Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Shute New Ontario 

426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William John Grummett Temiskaming 

Ansonville, Ont., P.O. Box A. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke Yukon 

Box 585, Dawson, Yukon Territory. 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently addressed and given the necessary instructions as to 
the duties appertaining to their office, by the Committee on 
Instruction under the Chairmanship of M. Ex. Comp. John M. 

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Next Place of Meeting 

The Eighty-Ninth Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of London, Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 
23rd and 24th, 1947, commencing at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, 
as per Section 20, of the Constitution. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Instruction, in its report last year, 
presented a most comprehensive statement of the three phases 
of instruction and commented particularly upon the third 
division, the acceptance of this plan by the Constituent Chap- 
ter. From the reports submitted this year the same problem 
is presented, and for some reason the Chapters do not engage 
the services of their Companions by encouraging active partici- 
pation in the work of the Chapter. The reports of the Super- 
intendents disclose increasing anxiety to fulfill the require- 


ments of their office and in order to further assist the training 
of the Grand Superintendents and relay the plan of instruction 
to the Constituent Chapters, the syllabus this year has been 
amended and will be presented in its new form at the close of 
this Grand Convocation. 

In the past years a Committee on Masonic Education and 
this Committee on Instruction have endeavoured to perform 
parallel services, without one encroaching upon the activity of 
the other. This may be the reason why these two Committees 
have not been more closely co-ordinated, and we are suggest- 
ing that the time is opportune to amalgamate these two Com- 
mittees under one Chairman to perform such duties as may be 
delegated to it by the Grand First Principal. We would sug- 
gest further that the Annual Report of the Grand Superintend- 
ents be made available to the Chairman of this Committee, so 
that he may obtain a more comprehensive report of the actual 
amount of work being done by the Superintendents. 

Fraternally submitted, 

John M. Burden. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Committee on Instruction be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions : 

Your Special Committee on Regalia has given much con- 
sideration to that part of our Constitution regarding Regalia, 
Clothing, Insignia and Jewels, as covered in Sections 275 to 
287, inclusive, but find it impossible to conclude their delibera- 
tions in time to present the required amendments for action at 
the forthcoming Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

They would, however, recommend that necessary action be 
taken to notify the Regalia Supply Houses that the use of 
ribbon which is not of the proper colours in making up our 
Regalia must be discontinued, as it will not be accepted. The 
Constitution provides that the colours used in the apron and 


sash of Companions is to be crimson and purple and the tri- 
colour ribbon in the sash and collars of Grand Chapter Officers 
is to be purple, crimson and pale blue. It is the understanding 
of your Committee that it is now possible to secure ribbon of 
the proper colours. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edwin Smith, 
Fred Higginbottom, 
J. H. Forbes, 
F. W. Dean, Chairman, 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That the Interim Report of the Committee on Regalia 
be received and adopted. 

Historian Elected 

. Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That Most Excellent Companion George L. Gardiner be 
re-elected Grand Historian and Reviewer. 

Thanks to Credential Committee 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body tender to the Credential Committee 
its thanks for the capable manner in which the Chairman, R. Ex. Comp. 
Chas. W. Powers, and Vice-Chairman, R. Ex. Comp. Herb. Thomson, and 
members of the Committee discharged the duties allotted to them. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, and — 

-_ Resolved, — That Section 2G1 be repealed and the following substi- 
tuted therefor: — 

261 — No candidate shall be admitted, or Companion received 
as an affiliated member, if, on the ballot being taken, more than 
one black ball appears against him. A Chapter may, however, by 
by-law, require the unanimous consent of the members present. 

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Thanks to Scrutineers 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
the Chairman, V. Ex. Comp, S. G. Newdick, and Vice-Chairmian, R. Ex. 
Comp. Jas. W. Woodland, and other Companions who acted as Scrutineers, 
for the services rendered in the election of the Officers of Grand Chapter. 

Thanks to the Companions of Hamilton District 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Canada be 
extended to the General Chairman of the Committee, R. Ex. Comp. Robert 
Clark, and the Companions of the City of Hamilton and District for the 
splendid manner in which the arrangements have been carried out for the 
reception and entertainment of the delegates in attendance. It was by 
their efforts that every detail of the Convocation ran so smoothly. 

Officers Installed and Invested 

Most Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel and R. Ex. Comp. John C. 
Day, installed and invested the newly elected officers of Grand 
Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents of the Several 
Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according to 
ancient custom. 

Thanks to Installing Board 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. Clarence M. Pitts, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
Most Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel and his assistants who had charge of 
the Installation Ceremony, for the able manner in which the Ceremony 
was performed. 


The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. 
Comp. Reginald V. Conover: — 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House, 14 Pearson Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Alexander Sollitt, 243 London St., Peterborough, 

R. Ex. Comp. Archibald George Tipper, 47 Second St., Kirkland Lake, 

R. Ex. Comp. William Edward Tregenza, 920 Mercer St., Windsor, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rt. Rev. Joseph Lofthouse, Kenora, Ont. 


Assistant Officers — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Canon Loring Foreman Crothers, Asst. Gr. Chaplain 

27 Front Street, Hull, Quebec. 
V. Ex. Comp. Sidney Edward Solley Grand Senior Sojourner 

148 Indian Road Crescent, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Shaler Hill Grand Junior Sojourner 

446 Tweedsmuir Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Duncan Ledgerwood Grand Sword Bearer 

Mountain, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Leith Longmore Querie Grand Master 4th Veil 

20 Balford Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Burnley Bartlett Hodge Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Box 45, Dundas, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Roy Allen Dilbrough Grand Master 2nd Veil 

66 Third Street, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Henry Wyatt Grand Master 1st Veil 

116 King Street, North Bay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Walter Thomas Biggar Grand Standard Bearer 

506 Grain Exchange, Fort William, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Wells Fryer Grand. Dir. of Cer. 

Highland Road, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Russell Alexander Bond Asst. Dir. of Cer. 

408 Wellington Street, Sarnia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Grand Organist 

Box 308, Fort Erie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Elsworth Walker Jones Grand Pursuivant 

406 Mark Street, Peterborough, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Charles H. Hall Grand Steward 

157 Alfred Street, Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Hilton McCartney " " 

Box 684, Picton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Frank J. Beam " " 

Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Gordon Ewart Munro " " 

101 Beech Street, Collingwood, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Stanley Killam Clark, M.D 

185 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Earl Henry Hughes " 

14 Maryland Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Nelson Smith " " 

Smithville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Roy Herbert Davies " " 

30 McKenzie Street, Stratford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Albert Atkinson " 

104 Boxborough Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Henry Woodland " " 

First Avenue, Orangeville 3 Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Huntley " " 

Ingersoll, Ont. 



V. Ex. Comp. Evan MacLellan Doull Grand Steward 

73 Drummond Street East, Perth, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harold Ernest McClellan " " 

Eastman Avenue, Wheatley, Ont. 
Ex. Comp. Walter Hodge Grand Outer Guard 

463 Dorinda Street, London, Ont. 

The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample Form at 11.30 
a.m., Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, 
April 25th, 1946. 


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On Tuesday evening, April 23rd, 1946, the Grand Z., Most 
Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Conover, joined with his Executive in at- 
tending a "Dinner" to his honored guests. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed to 
the Grand Chapter of Canada by the visiting Companions. 



R. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean 

244 Holton Ave, S., Hamilton, Ont. 

By Virtue of Office 

Grand H. 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald Van Every Conover, Grand Z., 1945-1946, 
27 Peel Avenue, Brampton, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Z., 1928-1929, 
582 Dufferin Avenue, London, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S., Grand Z., 1930-1931, 
67 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Camp. George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., 1935-1936, 
4 Dunloe Road, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939-1940-1942, 

52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Grand Z., 1943-1944, 

544 Confederation Life Building, Toronto, Ont. 

M. Ex. Comp. Harry H. Watson, Hon. Grand Z., 1909, 
692 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. 


If. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941, 
234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, Grand J., 
349A Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Philip Claire Ellis, Grand Scribe N., 
R. R. No. 3, Brockville, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Honorary 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Maclntyre, 

Suite 17B, 1048 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont. 

(Members of Executive by Virtue op Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Rod B. Dargavel, 234 Evelyn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, 121 Peter St. North, Orillia, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie, 

619 Euclid Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Nostrand Maclise Sprague, 

103 Shuter Street, Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Powers, 

22 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House, 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Alexander Sollitt, 

243 London Street, Peterborough, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Archibald George Tipper, 

47 Second Street, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Edward Tregenza, 

920 Mercer Street, Windsor, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rt. Rev. Joseph Lofthouse, 
Kenora, Ont. 


Grand Superintendents 

(Members of Executive by Virtue of Office) 

R. Ex. Comp. Russell Rivers Dusten St. Clair District No. 1 

Dresden, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Stannard London " " 2 

431 Hamilton Road, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis Henry Bond Wilson " " 3 

99 Riddell Street, Woodstock, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Allen Cromarty Mason Wellington " " 4 

131 Peter Street, Kitchener, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Wallace Allen Hamilton " " 5 

Church Street, Ancaster, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Edighoffer Huron " u 6 

Mitchell, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Louis Leys Niagara " " 7 

2371 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Sydney Sparks Toronto East " " 8 

417 Elm Road, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Orr Herman Sloan Toronto West " " 8a 

26 Main Street North, Weston, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Mathew Hendry McGuire ....Georgian " " 9 

Box 100, Penetanguishene, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert R. Harry Wilson Ontario " " 10 

89 Alice Street, Oshawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James Pow Prince Edward " " 11 

Box 222, Tronton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Ivan Lane St. Lawrence " 12 

R. R. No. 2, Preseott, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Ellis Meldrum Ottawa " " 13 

35 Heney Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Hirst Algoma u " 14 

Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George Shute New Ontario " " 15 

426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William John Grummett Temiskaming u " 16 

Ansonville, Ont., P.O. Box A. 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke Yukon " " 17 

Box 85, Dawson, Yukon Territory. 



M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. Edwin 
Smith, Walter G. Price, Llewellyn F. Stephens, John M. Burden, Harry 
H. Watson and R. B. Dargavel. 


M. Ex. Comp. Rod. B. Dargavel (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. D. C. 
Patmore and Robt. N. McElhinney. 


R. Ex. Comp. Charles Powers (Chairman). 


R. Ex. Comp. N. M. Sprague (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. A. G. Tipper, 
P. C. Ellis, A. I Lane, James Pow and J. M. H. McGuire. 


R. Ex. Comp. John L. House (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith 
and R. Ex. Comp. Dr. 0. H. Sloan 


R Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. Carrie (Chairman), Most Ex. Comps. Reg. 
V. Conover and John M. Burden; R. Ex. Comps. Fred W. Dean, Clarence 
M. Pitts, W. W. Allen and H. S. Sparks. 


R. Ex. Comp. Alex. Sollitt (Chairman), Most Ex. Comps. R. V. 
Conover, Edwin Smith, W. G. Price; R. Ex. Comps. Fred W. Dean, 
Clarence M. Pitts, Oliver Ellwood, and A. D. Maclntyre. 


M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. 
Robert Clark, George Shute, W. J. Grummett and Chas. L. Leys. 


M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Lloyd 
Edighoffer and F. H. Bond. 


M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. W. E. Mel- 
drum, A. R. H. Wilson, A. C. Mason, and Wm. Hirst. 


R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. J. Loft- 
house, W. E. Tregenza, R. R. Dusten and R. Stannard. 

M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner (Chairman). 


R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Maclntyre (Chairman), and R. Ex. Comp. Herb. 
Thomson ( Vice-Chairman). 


M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden (Chairman), Most Ex. Comps. Edwin 
Smith, George L. Gardiner, L. F. Stephens, R. B. Dargavel and Reg. V. 
Conover; R. E. Comps. Fred W. Dean, Clarence M. Pitts and W. S. M. 


V. Ex. Comp. Sydney G. Newdick (Chairman), and R. Ex. Comp. 
James W. Woodland (Vice-Chairman). 




Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 

Ancient Frontenac and 


The Hiram 

St. John's 

St. Andrew and St. John 

St» George's 

St. John's 

The Mbira 

King Solomon's 




Mt. Moriah 

Mount Horeb 




St. Mark's 




Huron . , 

Prince Edward 








Mount Sinai 


St. James. . ; 


St. John's 





King Hiram 


Sussex-St. Lawrence. . . . 





St. Paul's 

The Malloch 




Prince of Wales 




St. Clair.. 

Mount Nebo 















Toronto , 




St. Catharines 








Dunnville , 







Port Hope 





St. Marys. 




St. Thomas 


Owen Sound 

Port Colborne 










Kempt ville 







Niagara Falls 




Windsor , 

Aylmer , 

Port Arthur 


Third Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Fourth Wednesday . 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday 
Second Thursday. . . 

First Tuesday 

Fourth Thursday. . . 

Second Friday 

Third Wednesday. . 

Third Friday 

Second Friday 

First Friday 

Second Tuesday. . . . 
Third Thursday.. ... 

Fourth Friday 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Friday 

First Tuesday 

Third Monday 

Third Tuesday 

Third Monday 

Third Thursday 

Second Tuesday. . . . 

Second Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Second Friday 

Second Friday 

Second Friday 

Third Wednesday. . 

First Friday 

Second Monday. . . . 
Second Thursday. . . 
Fourth Tuesday. . . . 
Third Wednesday . . 
Second Thursday. . . 

First Friday 

Third Tuesday 

First Thursday .. 

Third Tuesday . 

First Monday 
Second Thursday. . . 

Second Friday 

Third Friday 

Last Wednesday . . . 
Second Wednesday . 

Third Monday 

Second Tuesday. . . . 
Second Monday. . . . 

First Monday 

First Friday 

Fourth Thursday. . . 

Third Monday 

First Friday 

Third Thursday 

Third Friday. 
Second Friday ._.... 
Third Monday. 
Fourth Wednesday. 

First Monday 

First Thursday 

Third Wednesday. . 
First Tuesday 




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Ray P. Lehn 

Ed. D. Carpentpr . 

James Bain 

W. B. Stothers 

Wm. Brown 

Arthur Wesley 

David L. Munro. . . 

L. S. Payne 

John Middleton. . . 

Lester Harley 

George Adam 

L. C. Sachs 

W. G. Brown 

Harry Oaks 

Geo. Emsley 

Harry Gray 

G. A. Kennedy 

D. S. Jamieson 

John Sebben 

Harry M. Ford 

Gerald Allison 

F. C. Achent 

A. G. Bowie 

Arthur E. Patterson 

C. H.Elliott 

H. Inch 

F. Radcliffe 

Harold Longfield . . . 

Arthur U. Roy 

A. A. Kemp 

D. C.White 

L. Chandler 

E. F. McFayden. . . 

D. N. Duncan 

C. J. Schweitzer. . . . 

F. B. Collard 

G. A. Garbutt 

E. R. English 

R. I. Tongue 

J. H. Kingstone. . . . 

Thos. Barclay 

C. M. Platten 

H. D. Thacker 

C. E. Griffin 

F. W. Dawson 

J. E. Keating 

Wm. F. Brown 

R. D. Ledgerwood. . 

Geo. Oldfield 

R. M. Thistle 

C. A. Baker 

G. C. Craven 

F. J. Kersey 

M. S. Sproat 

Wm. S. Johnston. . . 

Chas. Clayton 

J. A. H. Stevens 

Wm. Scott 

E. F. Sawyer 

K. C. Emerson 
Wm. J. Loveday . 
A. L. Hartmier 

T. N. Clarke 

J. H. Forbes 

Jas. A. Elgie 

R. J. Gray 

A. Cavanagh 

J. A. Spittle 

C. D. Crosby 

Stanley G. Tinker . . . 

W. W. Simpson 

F. A. McDiarmid. . . . 

W. E. Tilford 

A. E. Coombs 

R. W. E. McFadden 

E. A. Cook 

W.F. Tyrrell 

Geo. S. Atkins 

N. M. Sprague 

W. V. Foreman 

N. W. Purdy 

James Loggie 

F. R. Darrow 

H. McCartney 

H. R. Baer 

G. O. Smith 

J. Norman Thomas. . 

A. S. Couper 

Mark P. Wickett. . .. 

R. M. Finlay 

L. L. Mansfield 

E. J. Walters 

W. R. Baxter 

J. W. Durr 

L. H. Veale 

Sherman Cooper 

Robert M. Story 

K. S. Woodward 

Chas. A. Hall 

H. C. Irwin 

C. F. Rogers 

H. H. Setts 

P. C. Ellis 


D. B. Young 

R. J. Kincaid 

J. E. Middleton 

R. W. Longmore 

Keith McLean 

J. Fred Edwards. . . 

H. D. Hyndman 

G. B. Lipsitt 

H. M. Courtney. . . . 

T. W. Solmes 

Thos. E. Armstrong. 
W. G. MacVicar . . . . 

W. T. Barnard 

J. R. Weare 

Jas. T. Gilchrist 

J. C. Dawson 

J. W. Wright 

Godfrey Gale 

A. S. Hare 

S. H. Green 

W. J. Price 

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Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 






Tuscan , 


St. John's 

White Oak 


St. John's 






King Cyrus 





St. Francis 

King Darius 



Fort William.... 



The St. Patrick. 



St. John's 







An caster 


The Beaches 




Temiskaming . . . 
The Hamilton . . 
Hugh Murray. . . 

The Toronto 


Couchiching. . . . 




Mount Sinai. . . . 
Northern Lights 



St. Alban's 

Prince Edward. . 










Sault Ste. Marie. . 

North Bay 





Renfrew , 

Paris , 

Carleton Place. . . 

Kitchener , 

Leamington , 





Smith Falls 


Uxbridge , 

Toronto , 

Fort William 

Max ville 



Listowel , 

Lucknow , 


Rainy River 

London , 


Fort Frances 


Dawson City, Y.T 


Madoc , 


West Lome 


Campbellf ord 

New Liskeard 


Fort Erie North... 








Timmins . 




Shelbourne , 


Lambton Mills. . . . 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Tuesday 

Fourth Wednesday 

First Monday 

Third Thursday 

Second Tuesday 

First Friday 

First Thursday 

Third Wednesday 

Monday after 1st Wednesday 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday 

Third Monday 

Third Tuesday 

First Wednesday 

First Friday 

Second Wednesday 

First Tuesday 

First Tuesday 

Last Tuesday 

Fourth Tuesday 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday 

Second Thursday 

Second Tuesday 

First Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Fourth Tuesday 

Third Saturday 

Second Friday 

Fourth Friday 

First Friday 

Third Thursday 

Third Tuesday 

Third Thursday 

Second Tuesday 

First Monday 

Third Thursday 

Third Tuesday 

Fourth Monday 

First Monday 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Monday 

First Wednesday 

Third Tuesday 

Second Tuesday 

Third Monday 

First Tuesday 

Second Friday 

Third Tuesday 

First Wednesday 

First Friday 

First Tuesday 

Third Wednesday 

Second Monday 

Third Wednesday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Friday 

Fourth Thursday 

Third Wednesday 

Third Monday 









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J. Silk 

F. S. Crichton 


C. L. Davidson 

P. A. Coates 


E. A. Martin 

Val. B. Bizley 

W. R. Cooper 

A. D. Carmichael 

Lome Darling 

M. A. Ball 

Geo. E. McCutcheon.. . 

H. W. Pointen 

W. D. Foulds 

H. C. Skinner 

W. J. Hogan 

C. G. Tofflemire 

Norman Stacey 

W. E. Campbell 

G. G. Sinclair 

W. Beckstead 

Harry W. Aunger 

Mason Horner 

R. N. Hogg 

Geo. H. A. Swanston.. . 
S. Hinchliffe 







B. F. Nott 

J. G. Hadden .... 




O. B. Phillips 







Will C. Davy. . . 







R. M. Armstrong 


H. J. Broughton 








W. R. Cooper 


Ed. H. Brennan 

Fred Porterfield 

R. B. Hillmer 







S. E. Foster 



W. Clow 


T. S. McDonald 











J. Reidford 



G. H. Iddon 


Roderick Stewart 

K. A. McQuoid 

Ed. H. Pratt 

H. A. Wilkes 


Vernon Coulter 

W R Ledger 














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C. H\ MarDnnalrf 

Rev. J. W. Stewart 

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W. Hirst 



L. C. MacEwan 

G. D. Schultz 

B. F. Warner 



C. W. Fraser 








Chas. H. Chapman. . . . 

I. A. Calder 

M. E. Johns 

L. A. Woolger 

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C. W. Loomis 

A. Smith. . 








167 P. H. Farios 

B. J. Brownell. . . 



G. G. Stephens 

A. F. Humphreys 

W. H. Brady 






Geo. E. McKelvie 

Wm. J. Shaw. . . . 



Chas. S. Boyd 

Samuel Donnan 

A. F. Woodill. . . 

J. A. Bell... 


Robert Somerville 

R. W. Hall, Jr.... 





F. C. Conley 

A. W. Moore 

D. L. G. McKay 

G. E. Young 

A. M. Axler 

H. K. Maynard 

W. H. Smith. . 






H. S. Sparks 



A. Walker 








H. W. Brown 

Andrew McLean 

F. B. Rogers 

Stanley J. Morris 

J. W. Firth 

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Foster W. Smith 

F. H. Sumner 




T. I. Edwards 








I. S. MacLachlan 

J. B. Thompson 

R. C. Eastman 

R. A. Boddy 


W. M. Creech 










Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 




Fourth Friday , 




Perth . 

Third Thursday. . . 


Belleville . 


Port Credit. . 

Port Credit. . 


The St. Clair 

Second Thursday 


Third Thursday 


First Wednesday , 


Third Friday 


Third Friday 



The St. Andrew 

Fourth Thursday 


First Wednesday 


Smith ville 

Fourth Monday 



First Tuesday 


St. Paul's 

First Tuesdav 


Stoney Creek Second Mondav 


Third Tuesday 


Third Friday 


Third Thursday 


First Monday 


Third Monday. 


Second Wednesday 


Kirkland . . . 

Second Wednesday 


Fourth Thursday 

Second Wednesday 



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Henry Garland 



















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W. H. Pace 

J. S. Drysdale 



Richard Wilson 

Allen E. James 

B. H. Smith 

C. E. Woodstock 

Chris M. Forbes 

W . M. Barlow 








J. A. Edwards 

Edgar C. Shunk 

Chas. R. Harris 

E. S. McNeioe 

Leslie J. Colling 










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E. L. Arnold 

231 5 

C. L. Sparks 

P. R. Underhill 


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Edgar Reid 




J. R. Arnold 




G. C. Rutherford 

Gordon Theade 

N. W. J. Haydon 

G. U. Howell 


D. J. McEachern 

H. P. Baird 

H. E. Belyea 

Ed. F. Spera 












H. Klaassen 

H. L. Clare 



W. E. Dollery 

Frederick Putt 

J. C. Van Esterik 

John F. Johnson 

248 Wm_ J. McNeil 


A. M. Thompson 

Walker Hockney 

R. J. Henry 

L. W. Dippell 







M. W. Honeyman 

R. R. Mallard 

R. A. Bond 


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C. E. B. Payne 

Fred H. Holden 




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Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Russell Rivers Duster 
Dresden, Ontario. 


47. Wellington Chatham 

71. Prince of Wales... .Amherstburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 

80. Ark Windsor 

88. MacNabb Dresden 


119. King Cyrus Leamington 

153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

164. Lome West Lome 

239. Blenheim Blenheim 

250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Robert Stannard, 
431 Hamilton Road, London, Ont. 


3. St. John's London 

5. St. George's London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 

53. Bruce Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 


81. Aylmer Aylmer 

150. London London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. The St. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

247. Nilestown Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Francis Henry Bond, 
99 Riddell Street, Woodstock, Ont. 


18. Oxford Woodstock 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 

23. Ezra * Simcoe 


41. Harris Ingersoll 

115. Brant Paris 

253. Regal Port Dover 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Allen Cromarty Mason, 
131 Peter Street, Kitchener, Ont. 


32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 


218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham Durham 

234. Halton Georgetown 

245. Preston Preston 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Wallace Allen, 
Church Street, Ancaster, Ont. 


2. The Hiram Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 

104. White Oak Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 


175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

224. Keystone Hamilton 

236. Caledonia Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Edighoffer, 
Mitchell, Ont. 


24. Tecumseh Stratford 

30. Huron Goderich 

46. St. James St. Marys 

63. Havelock Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 

84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Charles Louis Leys, 
2371 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ont. 


19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara Niagara 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson Welland 


69. Grimsby Grimsby 

76. Mount Nebo .... Niagara Falls 

184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

240. Smithville Smithville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Sydney Sparks, 
417 Elm Road, Toronto, Ont. 


4. St. Andrew & St. John 


8. King Solomon's Toronto 

62. York Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 


145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

163. The Beaches Toronto 

205. Victoria Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora Aurora 

241. University Toronto 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Orr Herman Sloan, 
26 Main Street North, Toronto 15, Ont. 


77. Occident Toronto 

91. Antiquity Toronto 

138. Shekinah Toronto 

185. Toronto Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 


219. Ulster Toronto 

220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

230. Port Credit Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair Toronto 

232. King Cyrus Toronto 

233. Oakwood Toronto 

246. Humber Weston 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John Mathew Hendry McGuire, 
Box 100, Penetanguishene, Ont. 


27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet Barrie 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 


131. Amabel Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Albert R. Harry Wilson, 
89 Alice Street, Oshawa, Ont. 


28. Pentalpha Oshawa 

35. Keystone Whitby 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

45. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


94. Midland Lindsay 

110. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius Cannington 

168. Ionic Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. James Pow, 
Box 222, Trenton, Ont. 


7. The Moria Belleville 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 


72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presque'Ile Brighton 

161. Madoc Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship ....Belleville 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Ivan Lane, 
R. R. No. 2, Prescott, Ont. 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 

22. Grenville Prescott 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville 

68. Maitland South Augusta 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds Gananoque 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Ellis Meldrum, 
35 Heney Street, Ottawa, Ont. 


16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite Almonte 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 

116. Maple Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 


148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

151. Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Hirst, 
Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 


82. Shuniah Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 


149. Atwood Rainy River 

152. Alberton Ft. Frances 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George Shute, 
426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury, Ont. 


68. Pembroke Mattawa 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 


102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

103. St. John's North Bay 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William John Grummett, 
P.O. Box A, Ansonville, Ont. 


169. Temiskaming ....New Liskeard 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 


223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Fred Clarke, 
Box 285, Dawson, Y.T. 

No. 154 Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 



Chapter No. 

4. Samuel Baker. 

5. Joy Carlton Dance, Clarence Phillips, Marshall Thomas, Clifford 

7. Harold Howard, Joseph Adams, 0. J. Reid, George E. Gill, Wm. 

Alfred Harden. 

15. James S. Post, Robert G. Shaw, Harry N. Phillips, Alex. McMurtric, 

Robert J. Richards, S. A. Cole, Arthur Eldridge, John Sangster. 

19. Fred Harding Mosher, Robert E. Branch, James Henry Healy. 

34. Lorne A. White, Thomas Foster Black. 

44. Ernest Sexsmith. 

55. Launclot Servos, Lannen N. Caushill. 

57. Leonard Allen. 

59. Rueben Davis, A. Ernest Smith. 

69. Robert Hartland Dickson, Harold L. Grout. 

71. Stuart Keyes, James Bainbridge, David Pettypiece, Harry Taylor 

78. Howard Fraleigh. 

81. Louis H. Lipsit, Arnold Foy. 

84. George Allen. 

90. Carl G. Linde, Horace Smith. 

91. John Dance. 

103. Cyril Dick Turner, Wm. Bentley Greenwood, 

116. Alfred Wilson. 

117. Cline Kennedy Mader, Andrew L. Campbell. 
129. Roy Munro, Wilfred McEwen. 

138. William Henry Bell. 

145. Ernie Barnes, H. M. Barnum, Chas. F. Bolton, Allan McLean, 
M. W. Patton, James Watts. 

149. John McDonald. 

150. Reginald James Plank, Harry Korman. 

151. Joseph H. Dixon, Wallace Denzil Clarke, Milton E. Smyth, Frank 
W. Smyth, Fred G. Fullerton. 

153. Joseph Thomas Saint, John P. S. Cathcart, William H. Biden, T. B. 

Dund'as, Olin Rickley, John Sutherland, Clarence S. Stevenson, 

Lorne W. Hagerty, Wallace Hazzard. 
163. C. W. Cattell, G. W. Hunter. 
185. Frank Aubrey Carr, Edgar Taylor, Harold Leslie Appleby, Dan 

Godfrey Lee, Russell Horsfall, John Laird Russell. 
198. Herbert Walter Woodrow. 
210. Thomas W. Olmstead. 

214. G. Ernest Liutwaite. 

215. Edward McEwan. 

218. Maurice C. Crawford, Thomas C. Dryden, Andrew Henry Corbett, 

John J. Braiden, Alban T. Simons, Richard Parsons. 

221. Johnston Allen, Hugh H. Mercer, Alex. Conacher Stewart. 

227. Charles Gatgum, Arthur James Mumby. 

233. A. J. Daws. 

235. Rudolph Pulfer, Ernest Wilton Pollack, David Ernest Sprague. 

240. Charles S. Mackie. 

241. James Tresowna Burt-Gerrans, James Mark Myers. 

243. Albert Amos Swick. 

244. Angus Frederick Irwin. 

252. Frank Tallack Hollands, David James Gray, John Cranmer, Lorne 
Schultz, Cecil Parker Ambler, Philip Morgan. 

253. Geo. Hoffman Briggs, Geo. Gardiner. 



Chapter No. 

1. William F. Grinham, Peter McCreath. 

2. Robert McFarlane. 

3. Philip Hoffman. 

4. Jack Welsh. 

5. J. Garfield Morrison. 

16. Stewart Byram, F. A. Vern. 

26. Bruce Campney. 

29. George Miller Watt. 

34. Henry Lewis Tarbush. 

45. W. James Cochrane, Ichabod Palen. 

54. Malcolm R. McPhail. 

59. Alfred F. Standing. 

63. Gordon W. Ottman, William Reginald Thomas Brick. 

64. J. Robert Sidney. 

71. Walter Anderson, Milton Mickle, Harry Lester Hamilton, William 
Cousins, E. W. Pay McCormick, 

79. Wilfred A. Stead. 

80. Clayton Wodham. 

82. John A. Baillie. 

83. Wm. Frayner, Rutledge Stubbs, A. D. McKitrick. 
88. Vernon Fay Craig. 

90. John W. Collison. 

91. Alfred Frank Eatell, Harry Peter Jensen. 
102. William W. Hare. 

114. John Reton. 

116. George Clyde McCallum. 

131. David J. Byers. 

144. Thomas R. Peister, W. Ray Freeman, William John Nesbitt, Harry 

145. Eldridge W. Quinlan. 
155. William C. McNab. 

167. Reginald Vosper, William A. Gill. 
164. Norman Walker. 

168. James Wilde. 

198. Burnett Charles Lamble. 

212. Benjamin Luxenburg. 

218. Crawford. 

222. Chas. William Dagg, David Gordon McKinstry. 

231. Ralph Pat Montgomery. 

233. Alfred G. Ackland. 

239. Ernie Warwick, John Adam McCord. 

241. John William MacKenzie, Charles Barson Tyrrell. 

246. Roswell H. Fawcett. 




T. N. Clarke, 173 Macdonnell St., Kingston, Ont. 

J. Herbert Forbes, 24 Hyde Park Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

J as. A. Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

Robert J. Gray, 142 Essex Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

Ab. Cavanagh, 585 St. James St., London, Ont. 

J. Arthur Spittle, 58 Arnold St., Hamilton, Ont. 

Carl D. Crosby, 247 Albert St., Belleville, Ont. 

Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Pk. Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

W. W. Simpson, c/o City Hall, Sarnia, Ont. 

F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Vv^averly St., Ottawa, Ont. 

Vvm. E. Tillford, 154 Sydenham St., Woodstock, Ont. 

A. E. Coombs, 197 Church St., St. Catharines, Onl. 

R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford, Ont. 

E. A. Cook, Prescott, Ont. 
Wm. F. Tyrrell, 240 Brock St., Simcoe, Ont. 
Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 
JN. M. Sprague, Box 16, Trenton, Ont. 
W. V. Foreman, Box 270, Collingwood, Ont. 
N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. W., Oshawa, Ont. 
James Loggie, Box 116, Dunnville, Ont. 

F. R. Darrow, Box 277, Goderich, Onit. 
Hilton McCartney, Picton, Ont. 
H. R. Baer, 16 x h Crescent Road, Gait, Ont. 

G. D. Smith, 232 Elizabeth Street, Barrie, Ont. 
J. Norman Thomas, Whitby, Ont. 
A. S. Couper, 247 Engleburn Ave., Peterborough, Ont. 
Mark P. Wickett, Port Hope, Ont. 
R. M. Finlay, 42 Central St., Guelph, Ont. 
L. L. Mansiield, Box 815, Ingersoll, Ont. 
Ernest J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 
W. R. Baxter, King St., Colborne, Ont. 
J. W. Durr, St. Marys, Ont. 
L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 
Sherman Cooper, Cobourg, Ont. 
Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 
K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas, Ont. 
Chas. Hall, Box 167, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
Herb. C. Irwin, 2306-4th Avenue W., Owen Sound, Ont. 
C. F. Rogers, Box 1052, Port Colborne, Ont. 
R. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 
Philip C. Ellis, R.R. No. 3, Brockville, Ont. 
E. J. Lee, Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 

Donald B. Young, 247 Castlefield Ave., Toronto 12, Ont. 
R. J. Kincaid, Box 149, Kincardine, Ont. 
J. E. Middleton, Box 36, Welland, Ont. 
Robert W. Longmore, 110 College St., Toronto, Ont. 
Keith M. McLean, Seaforth, Ont. 
J. Fred Edwards, Box 177, Palmerston, Ont. 
H. D. Hyndman, Box 142, Kemptville, Ont. 
G. B. Lipsitt, Grimsby, Ont. 
Herbert H. Courtney, Amherstburg, Ont. 
Thos. W. Solmes, Box 61, Stirling, Ont. 
Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 
W. G. MacVicar, Strathroy, Ont. 
W. T. Barnard, Milton, Ont. 
John R. Weare, 1855 Ferry St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 



















































































































No. 77. Jas. T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 

No. 78. J. C. Dawson, Parkhill, Ont. 

No. 79. J. W. Wright, 849 Broadview Ave., Apt. liy 2 , Toronto, Ont. 

No. 80. Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

No. 81. Archie Hare, R.R. No. 4, Aylmer, Ont. 

No. 82. S. H. Green, 43 Prospect Avenue, Port Arthur, Ont. 

No. 83. W. J. Price, Orangeville, Ont. 

No. 84. H. L. Sherbondy, Box 427, Wingham, Ont. 

No. 88. M. S. Blackburn, Dresden, Ont. 

No. 90. R. M. Sanderson, 620-3rd Ave. South, Kenora, Ont. 

No. 91. Art Kitchen, 57 Goodwood Rd., Toronto 10, Ont. 

No. 94. Charles L. Davidson, 102 Kent St. W., Lindsay, Ont. 

No. 95. Percival A. Coates, 107 Pine Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

No. 102. L. E. Edmonds, 522 Wellington St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

No. 103. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

No. 104. John G. Hadden, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 

No. 110. Oscar B. Phillips, Warkworth, Ont. 

No. 112. Will C. Davy, Box 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

No. 113. Robert M. Armstrong, 104 York St., Cornwall, Ont, 

No. 114. Jas. P. Morrison, Box 418, Renfrew, Ont. 

No. 115. H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

No. 116. M. W. Rogers, Box 387, Carleton Place, Ont. 

No. 117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener, Ont. 

No. 119. Ed. H. Brennan, Wigle Block, Leamington, Ont. 

No. 129. Fred Porterfield. Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

No. 130. R. B. Hillmer, Southampton, Ont. 

No. 131. S. E. Foster, Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 

No. 132. W. Clow, Box 383, Gananoque, Ont. 

No. 133. T. S. McDonald. Box 1142, Smiths Falls, Ont, 

No. 134. Angus Jewell, Cannington, Ont. 

No. 135. John M. Low, Uxbridge, Ont. 

Xo. 138. James Reidford, 25 Brookside Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 140. G. H. Iddon, No. 3, Manor Lodge, Fort William, Ont. 

No. 143. H. A. Wilkes, Maxville, Ont. 

Xo. 144. Vernon Coulter, Brighton, Ont. 

No. 145. W. R. Ledger, 128 Collier St., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 146. Percy Fatum. Gowanstown, Ont. 

No. 147. Rev. J. W. Stewart, Lucknow, Ont. 

No. 148. D. A. Trvine. Box 171. Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

No. 149. Wm. Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

M . 1^0. A. F. Selwev, 1002 Lorne Ave.. London, Ont. 

No. 151. C. W. Fraser. 423 McKay Street, Pembroke, Ont. 

No. 152. Ken. Ross, Fort Frances, Ont. 

No. 153. John Burnett, 444 Duncan St.. Wallaceburg, Ont. 

No. 154. John R. Fraser, Dawson, Y.T. 

No. 155. John McNiece, Ancaster, Ont. 

Vo. 161. S. F^bury. Box 67. Madoc. Ont. 

No. 163. C. W Loomis, 125 Scarboro Road, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 164. A. Smith, West Lome. Ont. 

No. 167. B. J. Brownell, Port McNicoll, Ont. 

No. 168. Wm. H. Brady. Campbellford, Ont. 

No. 169. George E. McKelvie, Box 225, New Liskeard, Ont. 

No. 175. W. J. Shaw. 247 M^Nab Street S.. Hamilton, Ont. 

Wo. 184. John A. Bell. B^x 621. Fort Erip North. Ont. 

No. 185. Robert Somerville, 127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

Xo. 195. R. W. Hall, Jr., Box 344, Brampton, Ont. 

Vo. 198. R V. Mavnard. 109 Front Street S., Orillia, Ont. 

Xo. 203. W. H. Smith, Box 221, Cobalt, Ont. 



No. 205. H. S. Sparks, 417 Elm Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

No. 212. Max Cooper, 32 Ardmore Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 213. Frank Crisp, 4 Hart Street, Timmins, Ont. 

No. 214. Foster W. Smith. R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

No. 215. F. H. Sumner, 60 Victor Avenue, Mimico, Ont. 

No. 217. J. A. Mackie, 319 Manor Rd. E., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 218. T. Ivan Edwards, Box 123, Shelburne, Ont. 

No. 219. Robert A. Boddy, Room 202, 74 King St. E., Toronto 1, Ont. 

No. 220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 221. Harold McKecknie, Box 10, Durham, Ont. 

No. 222. Henry Garland, 77 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

No. 223. J. R. Spence, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

No. 224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. E., Hamilton, Ont. 

No. 225. C. Ernest Woodstock, 37 Simpson Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 226. C. M. Forbes, Perth, Ont. 

No. 227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville, Ont. 

No. 230. E. S. McNeice, Box 277, Port Credit, Ont. 

No. 231. Leslie J. Colling, 268 Wright Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 232. Wm. Steggles, 201 Pacific Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 233. J. Burns, 404 Manor Road E., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 234. E. L. Arnold, Box 26, Georgetown, Ont. 

No. 235. F. R. Underhill, Box 546, Aurora, Ont. 

No. 236. A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia, Ont. 

No. 238. A. V. Sedgwick, 194 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 

No. 239. G. C. Rutherford, Box 8, Blenheim, Ont. 

No. 240. Gordon Theade, Smithville, Ont. 

No. 241. N. W. J. Havdon, 564 Pape Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 242. G. U. Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

No. 243. John H. Lee, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

No. 245. H. L. Clare. 666 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

No. 246. J. C. Van Esterik, 72 Gray Ave., Mt. Dennis, Toronto 9, Ont. 

No. 247. John Johnson, R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

No. 248. Archie S. McLaren, Box 764, Arnprior, Ont. 

No. 249. L. W. Dippell, Bowmanville, Ont. 

No. 250. Maurice W. Honeyman, 2005 Iroquois. Windsor. Ont. 

No. 251. R. R. Mallard, 65A Govt. Rd. W., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

No. 252. R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington St., Sarnia, Ont. 

No. 253. E. Hind, Port Dover, Ont. 




Ernest Harris, 149 McDonnell St., Kingston, Ont. 

Ray Phillips Lehn, 82 Vine St., Hamilton, Ont. 

Edward D. Carpenter, 219 Emery W., London, Ont. 

James Bain, 85 Ilford Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

W. B. Stothers, 846 Dundas St., London, Ont. 

Wm. Brown, 210 Rosslyn Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

Arthur Wesley, 132 Bleeker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

David L. Munro, 4 Algonquin Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

L. S. Payne, 328 Queen St., Sarnia, Ont. 

John Middleton, 42 Bellwood Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

Lester Harley, R. R. No. 5, Woodstock, Ont. 

George Adam, Merritton, Ont. 

Leslie Carson Sachs, 217 Brant Ave., Brantford, Ont. 

W. G. Brown, R. R. No. 2, Prescott, Ont. 

Harry Oates, 119 Norfolk St., Simcoe, Ont. 

Geo. Emsley, 22 Bay St., Stratford, Ont. 

Harry Gray, Trenton, Ont. 

G. A. Kennedy, Collingwood, Ont. 

D. S. Jamieson, 55 Burk St., Oshawa, Ont. 

John Sebben, Dunnville, Ont. 

Harry M. Ford, Goderich, Ont. 

Gerald Allison, Picton, Ont. 

F. C. Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 

A. G. Bowie, Dunlop St., Barrie, Ont. 

Arthur E. Patterson, Whitby, Ont. 

C. H. Elliott, 28 Manning Ave., Peterborough, Ont. 
H. Inch, Port Hope, Ont. 
F. Radcliffe, 187A Neeve St., Guelph, Ont. 
Harold Longfield, Ingersoll, Ont. 
Arthur V. Roy, Napanee, Ont. 
A. A. Kemp, Castleton. Ont. 

D. C. White, St. Mary's, Ont. 
Leonard Chandler, 214^ Queen St., Chatham, Ont. 

E. F. McFadyen, Cobourg, Ont. 

D. W. Duncan, Petrolia, Ont. 

C. J. Schweitzer, 67 East Pearl St., St. Thomas, Ont. 
I. Burton Collard, R. R. No. 4, St. Catharines, Ont. 
George A. Garbutt, 211-10th St. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 

E. R. English, Port Colborne, Ont. 
R. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

John H. Kingstone, 68 Pearl St. W., Brockville, Ont. 
Thomas Barclay, Almonte, Ont. 

C. M. Platten, Apt. 1, 203 Vaughan Rd., Toronto, Ont. 
H. D. Tacker, Kincardine, Ont. 
C. E. Griffin, 358 Thorold Rd. W., Welland, Ont. 
T. W. Dawson, 2 Bloor St. E., Toronto, Ont. 
J. E. Keating, Seaforth, Ont. 
William T. Brown, Palmerston, Ont. 
R. D. Ledgerwood, Mountain, Ont. 
Geo. Oldfield, Vinemount, Ont. 
R. Milton Thistle, Amherstburg, Ont. 
C. A. Baker, Stirling, Ont. 
Gerald C. Craven, Ridgetown, Ont. 
T. J. Kersey, Strathroy, Ont. 
M. S. Sproat, Milton, Ont. 

















































































































No. 76. Wm. S. Johnston, 1903 Prospect St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

No. 77. Charles Clayton, 30 Frankish Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 78. J. A. H. Stevens, Parkhill, Ont. 

No. 79. Wm. Scott, 3 Barrie Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 80. E. F. Sawyer, Box 15, Walkerville, Ont. 

No. 81. K. C. Emerson, Vienna, Ont. 

No. 82. Wm. J. Lovelady, 28 McKibbin St., Port Arthur, Ont. 

No. 83. A. L. Hartmier, Orangeville, Ont. 

No. 84. Morley T. Somers, Wingham, Ont. 

No. 88. Stanley Puddy, Turnerville, Ont. 

No. 90. C. H. Tilley, 411-34th St. S., Kenora, Ont. 

No. 91. J. Silk, 6 Teignmouth Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 94. Frank S. Crichton, 57 Sussex St. N., Lindsay, Ont. 

No. 95. Earl Alexander Martin, 44 Durham St. S., Sudbury, Ont. 

No. 102. Val. B. Bizley, 217 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

No. 103. W. R. Cooper, 88 McLaren St, North Bay, Ont. 

No. 104. A. D. Carmichael, Oakville, Ont. 

No. 110. Lome Darling, Morganstown, Ont. 

No. 112. M. A. Ball, Morrisburg, Ont. 

No. 113. Geo. E. McCutcheon, 10 Courtaulds Cottages, Cornwall, Ont. 

No. 114. H. W. Pointen, Adamston, Ont. 

No. 115. W. D. Foulds, R. R. No. 1, St George, Ont. 

No. 116. H. C. Skinner, Carleton Place, Ont. 

No. 117. Wm. J. Hogan, 251 King St., Kitchener, Ont. 

No. 119. Curtis Tofflemire, Leamington, Ont. 

No. 129. Norman Stacey, Mitchell, Ont. 

No. 130. W. E. Campbell, Southampton, Ont. 

No. 131. G. G. Sinclair, Wiarton, Ont. 

No. 132. Waldon Beckstead, Gananoque, Ont. 

No. 133. Harry W. Aunger, Smith's Falls, Ont. 

No. 134. Mason Horner, Cannington, Ont. 

No. 135. R. Norman Hogg, R. R. No. 2, Uxbridge, Ont. 

No. 138. George H. A. Swanston, 34 Silver Birch Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 140. S. Hinchcliffe, 429 Archibald St. S., Fort William, Ont. 

No. 143. Roderick Stewart, R. R. No. 1, Dunvegan, Ont. 

No. 144. K. A. McQuoid, Colborne, Ont. 

No. 145. Edward H. Pratt, 996 Avenue Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 146. W. Squire, Listowel, Ont. 

No. 147. C. H. MacDonald, Lucknow, Ont. 

No. 148. J. N. McRae, Box O, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

No. 149. O. M. Lindberg, Rainy River, Ont. 

No. 150. L. C. MacEwen, 935 Colborne St., London, Ont. 

No. 151. G. D. Schultz, 481 Mary St., Pembroke, Ont. 

No. 152. B. F. Warner, Fort Frances, Ont. 

No. 153. Alex. Bruce, 106 Elgin St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

No. 154. Charles H. Chapman, Dawson, Y.T. 

No. 155. Thomas Allen Calder, R. R. No. 2, Hannon, Ont. 

No. 161. Miller E. Johns, Tweed, Ont. 

No. 163. L. A. Woolgar, 27 Glenmount Pk. Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 164. R. B. Sheeler, West Lome, Ont. 

No. 167. P. C. Eagles, Midland, Ont. 

No. 168. G. G. Stephens, R. R. No. 4, Campbellford, Ont. 

No. 169. Alfred T. Humphreys, Haileybury. Ont. 

No. 175. Charles Ralnh, 182 Sterling St., Hamilton, Ont. 

No. 184. Charles S. Boyd, 223 Highland Ave... Fort Erie N., Ont. 

No. 185. Samuel Donnan. 275 Windermere Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. 

No. 195. A. T. Woodill, Queen St. W., Brampton, Ont. 



No. 198. F. C. Couley, Orillia, Ont. 

No. 203. A. W. Moore, New Liskeard, Ont. 

No. 205. David L. G. McKay, 77 Kingsdale Ave., Willowdale, Ont. 

No. 210. G. E. Young, Russell, Ont. 

No. 212. Avrom M. Axler, 4 Browside Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 213. Harry W. Brown, 82 Preston St. S., Timmins, Ont. 

No. 214. Andrew McLean, Oil Springs, Ont. 

No. 215. T. B. Rogers, 11 Elma St., Mimico, Ont. 

No. 217. Stanley J. Morpis, 152 Mavety St., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 218. J. W. Firth, Shelburne, Ont. 

No. 219. David S. MacLachlan, 113 Gorevale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 220. J. B. Thompson, 90 Woodside Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 221. R. C. Eastman, Durham, Ont. 

No. 222. H. E. Reaume, 91 Huron St., Ottawa, Ont. 

No. 223. Frank J. Bean, P.O. Box 162, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

No. 224. Wm. H. Pace, 291 Cumberland Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

No. 225. Richard Wilson, 1205 Broadview Ave., Toronto 6, Ont. 

No. 226. Alan E. James, Perth, Ont. 

No. 227. Bruce H. Smith, 9 Jane St., Belleville, Ont. 

No. 230. J. A. Edwards, Lakeview, Ont. 

No. 231. Edgar C. Shunk, 65 Ferrier Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 232. Chas. R. Harris, 97 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 233. F. E. Johnson, 2015 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 234. Frank Carney, Georgetown, Ont. 

No. 235. C. L. Sparks, Aurora, Ont. 

No. 236. Edgar Reid, Caledonia, Ont. 

No. 238. J. R. Arnold, 26 Linwood St., London, Ont. 

No. 239. Alex. Bowman, Blenheim, Ont. 

No. 240. D. J. McEachern, Smithville, Ont. 

No. 241. H. P. Baird, 6 Avalon Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. 242. N. E. Bilyea, R. R. No. 2, Byron, Ont. 

No. 243. Edward T. Spera, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

No. 245. Albert Klaassen, 924 Vine St., Preston, Ont. 

No. 246. W. E. Dollery, 31 Livingstone, Toronto 10, Ont. 

No. 247. Frederick Putt, Ealing P.O., London, Ont. 

No. 248. William J. McNeil, Braeside, Ont. 

No. 249. A. M. Thompson, Bowmanville, Ont. 

No. 255. Walter Hockney, 1542 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

No. 251. R. J. Henry, Upper Canada Mines, Dobie, Ont. 

No. 252. C. E. B. Payne, 382 London Rd., Sarnia, Ont. 

No. 253. Fred H. Holden, Pt. Dover, Ont. 



Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1946 

»W. M. Wilson 1857 

"Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859-60 

"John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


*S. B. Harman 1872 

•C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

*Daniel Spry 1879-80 

♦Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

♦Robt. Hendry, Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

♦J. J. Mason 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

*J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1906-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

♦Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

♦A. Shaw „ 1903-4 

♦William Roaf „ 1905-6 

♦John Leslie 1907-8 

♦George Moore 1909-10 

♦Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

♦Daniel F. Macwatt 1913-4 

♦Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

♦A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

♦Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

♦H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

♦Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan ., 1926-7 

Edwin Smith 1928-9 

Walter G. Price. D.D.S 1930-1 

♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

♦Alexander Cowan 1934 

George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

*Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40-42 

♦John M. Empey 1941 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


•Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Kivas Tully : 1891 

♦Hugh Murray 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 


•E. T. Malone 1919 

•A. T, Freed 1920 

•Sir John M. Gibson 192? 

Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada 

•Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

•R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

•Daniel Spry 1876-7 

•David McLellan 1878-91 


•Thomas Sargant ..„ 1892-8 

•George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

•Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

Edwin Smith 1929-1946 





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Kenneth Carrie , 

G. H. Hayward 

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Joseph J. Shelley 

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B. F. Nott 

R. W. McFadden 

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Edwin A. Cook 

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Oliver Ellwood 

Sidney F. Smith 

Wm. J. Tow 

Chas. W. Powers 

W. S. M. Enouy 

Joseph Lofthouse, D.D 

J. W. Plewes 

N. M. Sprague 

A. D. Maclntyre 

R. B. Dargavel 

Frank A. Copus 

John M. Burden 

J. Austin Evans 

A.G. Tipper 

J. Alf. Burnett 

C. M. Pitts 

Edwin Smith 

Ed. Worth 

Wm. E. Tregenza 

L. F. Stephens 

Geo. L. Gardiner 

Neil A. MacEachern . . . . 
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C. Alex. Solitt 

W. H. Wardrope 

Herb F. Thompson 

D. C. Patmore 

A. P. Freed 

W. E. Gowling 

V. M. Hare 

Chas. H. Sheppard 

Sydnev J. Newdick 

Fred G. Smith 

H. A. Miller 

Wm. J. Shaw 

Harry J. McCallum 

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Geo. N. Delap 

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Peter Enrietti 

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G. S. Wright 

George J. Kohler 

William Noble 

Fred A. Purdin 

Samuel Shaw 

Duncan McLellan 

J. Shirra, Sr 

Norris G. Abbott 

Lome Johnson 

The Earl of Lauderdale. 
Wm. W. Wannamaker.. 

Joseph H. Drury 

R. H. Roney, Sr 

T. H. Morrow 

Herman L. Bauer 

Harry B. Springstead. . . 
Allen Grant 

Fitzhugh L. Grimstead 

Andrew E. Solberg 

Wm. Henry Berry 

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Guy T. Smith 

C. A. MacPherson. . 
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Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

Harry W. Bundy 

W. L. Cort 

Marshall M. Carpenter.. 

Aubrey H. Clayton 

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John B. Phelps 

W. J. Penn, Jr 

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Chas. Thomas 

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E. Elmer F. Strain 

Ray G. Tipton 

Lee W. Harris 

Conver E. Leach 

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Chas. H. Welden 

Raymond T. Sewell 

Clyde N. Wilson 

John H. Anderson 

Sid F. Curtis 

Ray V. Denslow 

Luther T. Hauberg 

Lewis E. Smith 

E. C. Peterson 

Roy E. Crawford 

J. Melvin Meser 

Charles D. McCracken. 
i M p houa A. Kmu. . . r rr. 

F. R. Sinden 

C. G. Wilhelms 

F.J. Rea 

C. B. Shulenberger 

Walter L. Stockwell 

H. S. Theakston 

Mont. C. Hambright 

James A. Lathin 

Richard H. Tusant 

John C. F. Ketselman. . . 
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S. W. Coulter 

E. M. Wheeler 

Alfred A. Wilson 

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Hy. O. Thomas 

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William F.-WeiiM(" 

Forest G. Wheelerr 

Roscoe R. Walcott 

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2723 Victoria Ave., Regina 

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Melbourne, 164 Flinders St. 

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614 Empire State Bldg., Spokane 8 

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Index to Proceedings, 1946 

Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Hamilton 

and Districts 5-6 

Address of Grand Z 18-40 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 2 

Annual Convocation, 1947 115 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 87-89 

Appointment of Grand Officers 119-120 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 22 

Audited Financial Statement 104-109 

Auditor's Certificate 109 

By-Laws — New and Amendments approved 26 

Chapters by District 130-133 

Chapters Not Represented 15 

Civic Welcome 5 

Committee on Benevolence 80 

Communications and Greetings 41-42 

Deaths 98-101 

Dispensations Issued and Rulings 22-24 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from — 

Grand Chapters: Quebec, Massachusetts, Michigan, New 
York, New Jersey, Ohio, Vermont, Grand Lodge of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario, A. & A.S.R., Knights Templar, 

R. & S. M., Order of High Priesthood 3-4 

District Grand Superintendents, Elected 114-115 

District Grand Superintendents, Reports of 43-79 

Election of Officers 114-115 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 114 

Executive Committee — Appointed Members 118 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 80 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committees 120-123 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 86 

First Principals of Chapters with Addresses 139-141 

Fraternal Correspondence Appendix 

Fraternal Correspondence — Report Presented and Adopted 101 


Grand Chapter — Opened 3 

Grand Chapter — Officers Present 2 

Grand Chapter — Representatives Present 16 

Grand Chapter— Closed 120 

Grand Representatives 143-144 

Grand Secretaries 145 

Grand Chapter Officers since organization 146-171 

Grand Superintendent of District Present 2 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 142 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 142 

Guests Convey Greetings 120 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 4 

Historian Elected 117 

Installation of Officers 118 

Invocation 4-5 

Life Membership 35, 101-103 

List of Books in Library 113 

Membership 124-129 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1945, Confirmed 7 

Next Place of Meeting, London 115 

Notices of Motion — Considered 117 

Order of Business at G.Z.'s Discretion 7 

Presentation, Jewels to Members of Grand Chapter, 25 and 50 

years 24-26 

Portrait — Most Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Conover Insert 

Recognition of Faithful Service 33-34 

Regalia 36, 116-117 

Report of Committee on Credentials 7-15 

Masonic Education 115-116 

Instruction 115-116 

Report of Executive Committee on: 

Benevolence 80 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 94 

Finance 109-111 

Fraternal Dead 94-101 

Grand Z.'s Address 83-85 

Investments 93 

Printing 92 

Report of Grand Treasurer 81-82 

Report of Grand Scribe E 86-91 

Report of Lending Library Ill 


Resolution to Receive Report: 

Fraternal Dead 97 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 80 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 94 

Credential 15 

Finance Ill 

Grand Treasurer 82 

Grand Scribe E 91 

Grand Z.'s Address 85 

Investments 93 

Instruction 116 

Lending Library Ill 

Life Membership 103 

Masonic Education 116 

Printing 92 

Returns of Constituent Chapters — Financial 87-89 

Returns of Constituent Chapters — Statistical 124-129 

Reception of Grand Z.'s Address 40 

Reception of Grand Superintedents' Reports 79 

Restorations i 135 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 6 

Scrutineers of Ballot, Obligated 82 

Schedule of Investments 93 

Suspensions 134 

Scribes of Chapters — Names and Addresses 136-138 

Second Day— Thursday, April 25th, 1946 112 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 38-39 

Vote of Thanks to: 

Credential Committee 117 

Guest Speaker 120 

Installing Board 118 

Scrutineers 118 

Hamilton Committees 118 

Wednesday Evening— April 24th, 1946 120 















The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we have 
received up to the time of publication. 





































The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we have 
received up to the time of publication. 


All things that speak of Heaven speak of Peace. 

Since the year 1939 we have written our annual Review 
with a heavy heart and a worried mind. As we stood upon the 
threshold of each succeeding year we faced the future hope- 
fully, fearfully and prayerfully, ever conscious of a great un- 
certainty. On bended knee we cried "How long, Oh Lord, how 
long." Victories and reverses followed each other with start- 
ling rapidity, today our optimism soared to the mountain 
peaks, tomorrow found us deep in the valley of despair. "How 
long, Oh Lord, how long." Never in the history of man has 
human-kind passed through such a fire of death and destruc- 
tion, never such a scene of desolation, bestial cruelty and ruth- 
lessness. The world was bathed in a sea of tears, and Chris- 
tianity, yea, even civilization, rocked upon its very foundation. 
The clouds of war hung heavily in a black and forbidding pall 
that enveloped the earth, yet thanks be to the Omnipotent One, 
here, there, and yonder might be seen through the clouds of 
war a golden flash of the sunlight of peace. Faith was begin- 
ning to weaken within the human breast, endurance and sacri- 
fice were exacting a fearful toll and reaching a low ebb when 
lo ! the clouds began to lift changing color from black to grey 
to finally melt away before the morning sun and the dawn of 
a new day. Our prayers and supplications were answered for 
God only helps when man can help no more. The tumult and 
the roar of battle ceased, man moved from the shadows into a 
sun-lit pathway joyous and happy in a new-found Peace. Alas, 
this proved but one phase of the world's upheaval. 

Today we face a world of chaos. Armed hostilities have 
subsided, but in its place we find grim, stark famine and sorrow 
stalking the streets of devastated Europe; even in the little 
Isle in the Sea our kinsmen of Britain are forced to make more 
and greater sacrifices with little hope of betterment for years 
to come. This then is peace but not the peace of mind for 
which we have yearned. Industrial unrest and crime have 
raised their ugly heads within the borders of this fair land, 
another challenge to our way of life. Governments turn from 

the stern problems of war to the perplexing problems of peace. 
"How long, Oh Lord, how long", again we cry as we seek 
Divine aid to guide us through the tempestuous seas, the 
answer alone can be found in the heart of man. As we scan 
the horizon seeking relief in these troubled days our thoughts 
turn to Masonry and the part it can play in the drama of life. 
Leadership and character are paramount, both may be found 
and developed within the ramifications of this great social 
Order. How true the words of Longfellow: — 

Not in the clamor of the crowded streets, 
Not an the shouts and plaudits of the throng, 
But in ourselves are triumph and defeat. 

Our Mission, yea our bounden duty, demands that now as 
never before the brethren of the Mystic Tie must hold fast to 
the cardinal principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth for 
these constitute that character without which even the most 
active leadership must fail. Shall Masonry falter or hesitate 
to accept the challenge of the day. Remember we are the 
builders and oh how direly the world needs rebuilding. A 
solid foundation has been laid by those who have gone before, 
ours the responsibility to erect thereon a Temple of Human 
Character, the first essential to a mind at peace. Character 
in the individual will leaven the surge of materialism and dis- 
place the lust of power, greed and avarice, with loyalty, 
honesty, kindness and tolerance. 

The clarion call of duty has sounded, may this age-old 
institution fail not. 

And ever the question arises 

As portentious signs we trace 

Wh/at will the final outcome be 

And what the saving grace, 

And Masonry makes answer 

With its all-sufficient plan 

The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. 

And now as our journey through the Capitular realm is 
ended we lay aside our pen for yet another year and in doing 
so we employ the words of Byron in bidding our fellow workers 
in the quarries of the Royal Arch a fond adieu — 

Farewell a word that must be and hath been, 
A sound to make us linger — yet — farewell. 

George L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., 

Historian and Reviewer, 


F. J. Hand — Grand First Principal. 

C. A. MacPherson — Grand Scribe E. 

The Thirty-First Annual Convocation held in Calgary, May 
9th, 1945 — M. Ex. Comp. Hand on the 'throne. 

We envy our Sister Province in the number of Past Grand 
First Principals who are active and regular in attendance. No 
less than ten being present to lend support to the Grand East. 
Our line of past rulers has been sadly decimated by the activity 
of the Grim Reaper. Six only are living but we are happy 
to say all are active. 

Twenty-Six jurisdictions were represented by their regu- 
larly accredited Representatives. We regret to note the ab- 
sence of our representative, Comp. F. S. Watson. 

As usual many distinguishd visitors were present, includ- 
ing delegations from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Associate 
bodies also demonstrated their interest by being in attendance, 
Royal and Select Masters, Order of High Priesthood, Knights 
Templar and, as to be expected, we find in the place of honour 
M. Wor. Bro. William Ireland, Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of Alberta, attended by his Grand Secretary. 

After extending a courteous and fraternal greeting to the 
guests, His Worship the Mayor of Calgary, was introduced, 
although an introduction seems somewhat superfluous as the 
Mayor is M. Ex. Comp. Andy Davison, a Past Grand First 
Principal of Grand Chapter. His Worship, in his usual happy 
manner, extended civic greetings to all present. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Hand is at once earnest and 
impressive. After the usual greeting he spoke briefly anent 
war conditions a few words of which we quote — 

"We meet at a time when the social, economic and political order 
of the world is being shaken to its very foundation, a time when 
faith and courage are being tested to the limit of one's endurance, 
a time which calls upon us to meet our problem's and difficulties 
with all the fortitude of which we are capable." 

In a graceful tribute to the Fraternal Dead the Grand First 
Principal refers feelingly to the great loss sustained by Grand 
Chapter in the passing of M. Ex. Comp. W. B. Way, whose 
years of service to the Royal Craft will not soon be forgotten. 
From M. Ex. Comp. Hand's reference to visitations among the 
chapters we learn, that in his opinion, Royal Arch Masonry 
has taken on a new lease of life in Alberta. Dispensations 



were not nunierous and dealt with purely administrative mat- 

The Grand First Principal concludes a very readable ad- 
dress with a commentary on the splendid work of the officers 
with a very complimentary reference to the assistance ren- 
dered by the Grand Scribe E. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the four dis- 
tricts are brief but all convey the thought that the chapters 
are all progressing and that interest and enthusiasm abound. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that Grand Chapter 
is operating well within its budget, receipts in excess of ex- 
penditures and a benevolent fund of $2,690.00. 

A perusal of the Grand Scribe E.'s report informs us that 
Alberta, like most jurisdictions, records a nice increase in 

The Committee on Grievances and Appeals presented a 
short report the purport of which was to the effect that har- 
mony and concord is prevalent throughout the Province. 

Comp. R. M. Lamberton wrote the report on the Fraternal 
Dead using beautiful language and concluding with these all- 
too-true words and two verses from Tennyson's "Crossing the 

"Death is the 'FINIS', written at the close of the last chapter 
in our earthly book of Life." 

"Sunset and evening star, 
And one clear call for me! 
And may there be no moaning of the bar, 
When I put out to sea. 

"Twilight and evening bell, 
And after that the dark! 
And may there be no sadness of farewell, 
When I embark." 

The Grand First Principals of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 
also M. Ex. Comp. F. E. Simmons, were created Honorary Life 
Members in Grand Chapter. 

The Committee on Fraternal Correspondence presented re- 
views of 49 sister jurisdictions, all of which make interesting 
reading. Turning to the review of our Grand Chapter, we 
note that the committee deemed it necessary to add after the 
word Canada, the words "In Ontario." We have been doing 
business in the same old stand and under the same old name 
(which, by the way, is the name under which we were war- 


ranted and constituted) , that the addition to our titular desig- 
nation seems somewhat superfluous. At that our Alberta 
friends have surely forgotten that we still have jurisdiction 
over the Yukon Territory. Well, to return to a more serious 
comment, we should like to express our appreciation for a 
splendid review of our 1944 Convocation. We enjoy full cover- 
age and are particularly grateful for the kindly reference to 
the great loss we sustained through the tragic death of M. Ex. 
Comp. W. Y. Mills. 

Following the election of officers T. J. Cumberland was 
elected and duly installed Grand First Principal. We note with 
interest the re-election of C. A. MacPherson as Grand Scribe E. 

Alberta is represented in our jurisdiction by our popular 
Grand First Principal, Lt.-Col. R. V. Conover, while we have 
a capable representative in Alberta in the person of F. S. 


Otis J. Baughn — Grand High Priest. 

Harry A. Drachman — Grand Lecturer. 

The Fifty-Fifth Annual Convocation held in Phoenix, April 
10, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Baughn presiding. 

Nine Grand High Priests were received and thanked for 
their years of service and constant attendance. 

Among the twenty-six Grand Representatives answering 
the roll-call we fail to find the name of Canada's representative. 

Distinguished guests introduced at the Altar included dele- 
gations from the Grand Chapters of California and North 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Baughn is written in a man- 
ner easy to read and digest. Interesting and informative char- 
acterizes our opinion of this fine address. After a word of 
welcome he spoke of war conditions, a short excerpt of which 
we quote — 

"We are also sustained by a greater Hope for the future of 
America and of mankind this morning. Our sons and brothers 
and grandsons! are victorious on tthe field of balttle all over the 
world, against the bitter, unrelenting foes of Liberty, Justice and 
Freedom for all [peoples." 

Under the caption of "Our Departed Companions" he re- 
ferred sorrowfully to the deaths of Past Grand High Priests 


A. A. Johns, Henry D. Aitken and E. H. McEachren and a 
host of Companions from the constitutent bodies. He closed 
this section with these lines — 

"The evil through which we may not see, 
The door to which we have no Key." 

He lists his visitations with a brief comment on each. Dis- 
pensations were few and purely routine. Under the "State of 
the Craft" he reports that Royal Arch Masonry is on the 
march and speaks optimistically of the future. The address 
is brought to a conclusion with these words — 

"Masonry proves to be of value to us and to mankind only 
as we, ourselves put forth our best efforts to further its inter- 
ests and bring its benefits to our fellow men. Let us so repre- 
sent it and present its truths, its lessons, its principles, and 
its purposes, in so forceful a manner as to have it fully merit 
an unending continuance of that confidence in its standards 
and belief in its precepts that we find in every country where 
freedom and liberty are cherished today." 

"It's great to say Good Morning; 
It's fine to say Hello; 
But it's better still to grasp the hand 
Of a loyal friend you know. 

For a look may be forgotten: 

A word may be misunderstood, 
But the warm clasip of a human hand, 

Is the greeting of true Brotherhood." 

The Grand Treasurer reports receipts as $2,256.00 and the 
disbursements as $1,622.00, which, in itself, is indicative of a 
healthy state. Investments total $17,500.00. 

The Grand Secretary also presented a comforting report 
with a substantial increase in membership. 

From an eloquent report on "Necrology" we extract one 
verse of Edwin Markham's well known poem — 

"Come, clear the way, then, clear the way: 
Blind creeds and kings have had their day. 
Break the dead branches from the path; 
Our hope is in the aftermath — 
Our hope is in heroic men, 
Star-led to build the world again. 
To this event the ages ran: 
Make way for Brotherhood — make way for Man!" 

We read with passing interest that Arizona chartered a 
new chapter during the year. It is quite some time since we 


have noted the formation of new chapters. This may be ac- 
cepted as evidence that Royal Arch Masonry has become active 
and in the words of the Grand High Priest "in on the march." 

Among the standing committees we find one known as 
"Correspondence", but regret that if this committee functions 
it at least does not tender a report. 

Frank Robertson was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, while Harry A. Drachman continues as Grand Secre- 

From the biographical sketch of the retiring Grand High 
Priest, we note the wealth of experience he brought to his 
office in Grand Chapter. He is a Past Grand Master of Grand 
Lodge, and has been a leader in Grand Council, Grand Com- 
mandery and the Scottish Rite. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Jas. H. Barrett represents Canada in Arizona, while the 
veteran Percy W. Rogers represents Arizona near our Grand 


J. B. Bunn — Grand High Priest. 

John Q. Wolfe — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Sixth Annual Convocation held in Little Rock, 
November 23, 1944. 

Grand Chapter having been declared open by M. Ex. Comp. 
Bunn, received eight Past Grand High Priests, after which 
thirty-three Grand Representatives were extended a warm wel- 
come on behalf of their respective jurisdictions. We mark 
with regret the absence of Canada's Representative. 

Distinguished guests included the Deputy Grand Master 
of Grand Lodge, Past Grand High Priest C. Bone of Oklahoma, 
the Grand Master of Grand Council and the Grand Commander 
of the Knights Templar. It is needless to say that all were 
received courteously and with Grand Honours. 

Brief in the extreme was the address of M. Ex. Comp. 
Bunn, it proved to be a narrative of his official acts for the past 
year and as such provides an interesting picture of conditions 
withing the jurisdiction. 

Following his opening remarks he referred feelingly to the 
passing of Past Grand High Priest F. W. Harris. 


A number of appointments are mentioned. His dispensa- 
tions, with one exception, do not appear to be out of the ordin- 
ary. The exception being to permit a Companion to be elevat- 
ed to the office of High Priest without having served through 
any of the offices below that rank. In Canada this is not per- 
missible, a Companion must have served twelve months either 
as Second or Third Principal before he can be so elevated. 

Visitations are all fully set forth, while under the heading 
of "Restoration of Charter", the Grand High Priest reports 
the rejuvenation of Russellville Chapter, whose Charter had 
been surrendered. He states that the Chapter has a new lease 
of life and has fourteen candidates. This must be encouraging 
news. I 

The address closes with these words — 

"I am indeed grateful for the kindness shown me during the 
year. It has really given me a lift along life's way, and I shall 
always, as long as strength and my faculties permit, be at the 
service of Royal Arch Masonry." 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that Grand Chapter 
is financially sound with receipts of $2,983.50 and disburse- 
ments of $1,557.48, and Defence Bond investments totalling 

Arkansas reports a remarkably fine increase in member- 
ship. We congratulate our Companions on a splendid year's 

From the report of the Committee on memorials, we quote 
these beautiful and well-known lines — 

"Now tihe laborer's task is o'er; 
Now the battle day is past. 
Now upon the fartiher shore 
Lands the voyager at last. 
Father, in Thy gracious keeping 
Leave we now Thy servants sleeping." 

The report of the Committee on Appeals and Grievances 
is summed up in four words, "Peace and Harmony prevail." 

It is interesting to note that Arkansas furnishes its con- 
stituent chapters with a uniform code of By-Laws. We think 
this is a very good idea and one which we may well consider 
here, in Canada. 

O. E. Nichols was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest, Charles D. Hill assuming the office of Grand Secretary. 
John Q. Wolfe retires as Grand Secretary in which office he has 


served for many years. As a token of appreciation Comp. 
Wolfe, who is 80 years of age, was elected Grand Secretary 
Emeritus and his salary continued for life. A generous ges- 
ture and recognition of years of faithful service. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is listed as a Foreign Jurisdiction, our representa- 
tive being George H. Wright. In Canada A. G. N. Bradshaw 
represents Arkansas. 


W. L. Clarke— Grand High Priest. 

Thos. A. Davies — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-First Annual Convocation was held in Los 
Angeles, April 17, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Clarke, presiding. 

After the presentation of the Flag and a recitation by all 
present of the pledge of allegiance, many distinguished visitors 
were received with Grand Honors. Among those received were 
representatives of Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the 
Grand Chapters of Arizona and New Mexico. Following an 
established custom, survivors of the Earthquake of April, 
1906, were asked to advance to the Altar and but one respond- 
ed, M. Ex. Comp. L. V. Youngworth. 

The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California being 
in attendance, was escorted to the East and tendered the gavel. 
After presiding for a few minutes he returned the emblem of 
authority to M. Ex. Comp. Clarke. Thirty Grand Representa- 
tives answered the roll-call, Angus L. Cavanagh responding 
for Canada. 

Grand High Priest Clarke delivered his annual address. 
His remarks contained many valuable suggestions and alto- 
gether may be termed inspirational. From his opening words 
we extract the following — 

"There are many motives for a united Masonry but the most 
compelling of all is the necessity for co-operation. We have only 
two tenets when you summarize all the teachings of Masonry, and 
these are the attainment of the Brotherhood of Man through a 
belief in the Fatherhood of God. These are our aims and there 
has never been a time in history when there has been a greater 
need for truth, freedom, justice and equality." 

Owing to travel restrictions the Grand High Priest stated 
that he had been prevented from making as many visits as he 


desired. He referred in complimentary terms to the splendid 
assistance rendered by the Grand Secretary and Grand Lec- 

Under Necrology he spoke feelingly of the passing of many 
Companions with a special reference to the death of Claudius 
A. Marckley, P.G.H.P., and Claude 0. Winans, P. Grand King. 

Commenting on the work of the subordinate chapters he 
announced that 1944 had shown the greatest increase in mem- 
bership for ten years past. 

Among his many recommendations we note the suggestion 
to sponsor a programme of youth activities in connection with 
all chapters. He rightly claimed that the future of Masonry 
depended largely upon the youth of today. 

This really fine address concludes with a message that 
should be read with interest by all serious-minded Masons. 
We quote a few lines taken at random from this section of 
the address — 

"The plight of the world today is a challenge to Masonry. It 
was my hope thitt I could bring to the companions of our Order 
a new thesis under which we could consecrate ourselves to a more 
determined effort to understand and apply the spiritual values 
of Capitular Masonry. This, however, is a matter of the heart 
and each individual must find his own answer. Nevertheless, we 
must assume Masonry as a duty born in us because we have said 
it first found lodgement in our hearts. Since the real treasures 
of Mfe are spiritual — 'and spring from love, service and sacrifice 
— let us cling to these treasures, for there is nothing left in life 
if the heart shall be denied." 

"May the torch-light of freedom ever be held high — spreading 
its rays over land and sea — the light of freemasonry — the light 
of liberty." 

The visitations of the Grand High Priest are set forth in 
detail in an addendum to the address. As also were appoint- 
ments to the Corps of Grand Representatives. Among these 
we note with interest the selection of W. H. C. McEachern of 
Toronto, to represent California in Canada. We assure our 
companions of California that no mistake was made in this 
appointment as R. Ex. Comp. McEachern is an active and 
enthusiastic Craftsman and may be depended upon to render 
faithful service to the Grand Chapter which honours him with 
their commission. From the Grand Secretary's report we learn 
that the increase in membership totalled 1,473, which is an 
amazingly fine record. 


A perusal of the Grand Treasurer's report impresses the 
reader that the financial affairs of California are on a very- 
sound basis. Receipts well in excess of expenditures, a heavy 
investment in Government Bonds and total assets of 

A committee was appointed to consider ways and means 
of aiding our brethren in countries devastated by war. 

By a unanimous vote Grand Chapter expressed apprecia- 
tion for the yeoman service rendered by Thos. A. Davies, Grand 
Secretary, by electing him an Honorary Past Grand High 
Priest. A very generous gesture and one which Comp. Davies 
will cherish as a priceless possession. 

From an eloquent report on the Fraternal Dead we quote 
the opening lines — 

"Man prizes Freedom (highly. He freely sheds his blood to win 
it, even though he may make strange uses of it. Men some day 
may assert and protect their rights peacefully. We have looked 
for that day. We still believe it will come." 

From the "Foreword" to the report on Correspondence the 
following is of interest — 

"There is a growling consciousness that the gains in membership 
create responsibilities. It is not a mere question as to whether 
new members get their money's worth. Ideals have value that 
cannot be expressed in cash. At best, the new R.A.M. is but the 
rough Ashlar to be fitted for his place in a Temple not made with 

We have been greatly impressed by the thoughts so elo- 
quently expressed by William T. Paullin whose "Foreword" is 
written in masterly style and excites our sincere admiration. 
Would that we could find space for a more liberal quotation 
from this literary gem. 

Canada is given friendly consideration and note and com- 
ment gives full coverage to our 1944 Convocation. Nothing 
seems to have escaped the scrutinizing eye of Comp. Paullin 
who gives a splended summary of our many reports. He makes 
a most friendly reference to our last Review. May we express 
appreciation for his kind remarks and take the opportunity of 
congratulating him upon a report that sets a high standard 
of excellence throughout. 

Elwin P. Norberg was elected and duly installed Grand 
High Priest, while Thomas A. Davies again assumes the oner- 
ous duties of Grand Secretary. 


Canada is faithfully served in California by Angus L. Cava- 
nagh, while as already noted, W. H. C. McEachern has as- 
sumed the commission of Grand Representative of California 
near our Grand Chapter. 


John H. Morgan — Grand Z. 

Geo. Hugh Mackay — Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-Seventh Annual Convocation held in Victoria, 
June 20, 1945. 

M. Ex. Comp. Morgan opened Grand Chapter in Ample 
Form. As usual, in B.C., the Grand East was graced by the 
presence of a large number of Past Grand Z.'s, fifteen in all 
being present. 

Among the distinguished guests we note representatives 
from Oregon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and our own Grand Z., 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover. It is needless to say that all 
received a warm fraternal greeting, indeed, Lt.-Col. Conover 
informed this correspondent that his visit to British Columbia 
was one of the high-lights of his term of office. 

After a civic welcome had been tendered by the Acting- 
Mayor of Victoria, the Grand Z. delivered his address. 

Well up to the lofty standard set by his predecessors, M. 
Ex. Comp. Morgan's address is beautifully written and fur- 
nishes a splendid pen picture of conditions in British Columbia. 
After a word of welcome he refers to the lifting of the clouds 
of war and requested the assembly to rise and sing the Dox- 
ology. After a prayer of thanksgiving by Dr. J. G. Brown, the 
Grand Z. continued with these words, to the sentiment of which 
we earnestly subscribe — 

"We rejoice, as loyal subjects of His Majesty the King, that 
peace at long last has come to the Old Land, our Mother Country, 
and we will ever remember with great pride, the princely leader- 
ship of His Majesty, the untiring devotion of His Gracious Consort, 
Queen Elizabeth, their perfect sincerity and exemplary fortitude, 
which gave to their peoples, and especially to those of the 
staunch little Isles of Britain, that strength of heart and mind to 
withstand the forces of evil and to bear without murmuring, their 
sufferings, their adversities and the pains of sacrifice of these long 
years of war. God Save Our King!" 

Graciously he referred to the Fraternal Dead, paying 
special tribute to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Gordon 


whose death in February, came as a distinct shock to his 
Masonic associates. May we tender our sympathy in this 
great loss. Although we were not privileged to know him 
personally, his worth as a Mason was known, admired and 
respected by many Craftsmen in Eastern Canada. Under 
"Foreign Relations", the Grand Z. referred to his visit to our 
last Convocation, and it is needless to say how much we en- 
joyed having him with us. Dispensations were few in number 
and purely routine in character. Much space is given to a 
detailed report of his visitations among the chapters. He 
graphically describes each event and a perusal of this section 
of his address cannot fail to impress the reader with the spirit 
of goodfellowship and loyalty that exists throughout the juris- 
diction. The Grand Z. spoke of improved membership condi- 
tions and was greatly impressed by the great revival in inter- 
est. He made a powerful plea for the need of care in selecting 
new members and cautioned against excessive zeal in an effort 
to further the numerical growth of the Royal Craft. We are 
so heartily in agreement with all that he has to say on the 
subject that we should like to quote a brief excerpt — 

"In ithe acceptance of new material, we should not forget that 
exaltation alone does not make a true Royal Arch Mason and that 
in the character and in the genuineness of the applicant is vested 
those especial qualifications so necessary in the development of 
that sustenance of interest, that sincerity of friendship and that 
peace, love and unity in which Royal Arch Masons ever meet and 

After a glowing tribute to the Grand Superintendent and 
the officers and Past Z.'s of Grand Chapter, M. Ex. Comp. 
Morgan concludes an address which ranks high among the 
best that we have been privileged to review this year. We 
must make reference to his closing remarks. They deal with 
the war, victory, peace and the challenge to Masonry in the 
post-war period. But let him tell it in his own words — 

"Let us not forget that our sons and daughters have, and are, 
sacrificing much in the great cause for humanity. Let us be worthy 
of these sacrifices and let us show them that their blood, their toil, 
and their tears are not being spent in vain, and that we are doing 
our part to make this world, this Canada of ours, a better place in 
which to live, in a world of universal peace and brotherhood. 
Listen to these words of Nathaniel Benson: — 

"Grant that this Day we voice no empty boast 
But Build the finer world which they began 
On the Ideal our Companions honored most: 
The eternal Brotherhood of Man to Man." 


Grand Treasurer, D. A. Stewart, presented a fine report 
on fiscal affairs, clear and concise the main features of which 
are the balancing of the budget, the purchase of $1,000.00 in 
Government Bonds and solid investments amounting to 

From the Grand Scribe E.'s report we learn that British 
Columbia enjoyed a successful year with a comforting increase 
in membership. 

The Committee on Ritual suggested that no change be 
made at present. May we interject the remark that changes 
in the ritual in our jurisdiction have not always proven to be 
for the best. Many of the active and interested members of 
the "Old Guard" did not take kindly to the changes made and 
argued that at their age they were not interested in re-learn- 
ing a work they knew so well and loved. Result, loss of interest 
among older members, something we will never cease to regret. 
Our advice to our friends of B.C. is to give serious thought 
before changing and not to overlook the fact that the unfor- 
tunate experience we have suffered today may be theirs to- 

We cannot fail to express our appreciation of the resolution 
of loyalty to King George and his gracious consort, Queen 
Elizabeth. We should like to join with British Columbia in 
this expression of fealty to our Sovereign Lord King George. 
Long may he reign. 

The report of Foreign Correspondence and Capitular Re- 
views is again the product of the one and only J. J. Miller. 
As usual his "Foreword" is intensely interesting and optimis- 
tic. Even in the darkest days of the war Comp. Miller had a 
broad and encouraging outlook. We quote a line or two from 
this very entertaining foreword — 

"Now the war in Europe is over, there is a vast field for tine 
exercise of those virtues professed by the Freemason. It is quite 
encouraging to note the active interest taken in Rehabilitation. 
Chapters are preparing to extend moral and financial assistance 
to returning Companions where needed. That spirit is the best 
welcome they can have." 

Once again we support Comp. Miller in his reference to 
reviews and we sincerely trust that the need for conservation 
may soon be past and a restoration of this friendly link of com- 
panionship be re-established among all the Grand Chapters 
of the Capitular realm. 


And now what has our friend J. J. to say about our Grand 
Chapter. The Review is generous and complete with liberal 
extracts from our Grand Z.'s address and a thoughtful com- 
ment thereon. Our last Review finds favor and our opposite 
number in British Columbia quotes freely from our Foreword 
and comments, altogether we feel highly flattered that such 
a competent Reviewer as J. J., should speak so highly of our 
efforts. May we take the opportunity of saying that among 
our ambitions is a desire to visit the Grand Chapter of British 
Columbia and meet personally many whom we now admire in 
"absentia". Perhaps at our age it is folly to be talking of am- 
bitions as with the passing years we have seen our youthful 
ambitions one by one melt away as snow before the summer 
sun, but we still cherish the hope that increased transporta- 
tion facilities may soon make it possible to at least realize 
one ambition and that to spend a day with our friends in 
British Columbia. Thanks J. J. for a most friendly and gener- 
ous Review. 

We note that M. Ex. Comp. Harry Watson still officiates as 
Installing Officer. The newly installed Grand Z. is Fred A. 
Willis, and, of course, Geo. Hugh Mackay still functions as 
Grand Scribe E. 

From the biographical sketch of M. Ex. Comp. Morgan, we 
note that he is a product of Willowdale, which is now almost 
a part of Toronto, and that he was initiated in Richmond Hill 
and exalted in Lindsay. His transfer to B.C. was a definite 
loss to Masonry in this Province, but our loss was your gain 
so we are content. 

H. H. Watson faithfully represents the Mother Grand 
Chapter in British Columbia, while J. L. House is privileged 
to represent our Western friends near our Grand Chapter. 


Clayton A. Astell — Grand High Priest. 

Harry W. Bundy — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventieth Annual Convocation held in Denver, Sep- 
tember 21, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Astell presiding. After 
the opening ceremonies and prayer by the Grand Chaplain, 
nine Past Grand High Priests were received and seated. 
Thirty-nine Grand Representatives answered the roll — Can- 
ada's representative failed to respond. 


Guests included a representative from Oklahoma, a Past 
Grand Master from Ohio, the Grand Master, Royal and Select 
Masters, Grand Commander of Knights Templar and M. Wor. 
Bro. John R. Clark, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of 
Colorado. All were cordially received with a warm fraternal 
greeting. The address of the Grand High Priest was not 
lengthy, consisting of a detailed account of his visitations and 
a record of his official acts. He concluded his opening remarks 
with these words — 

"Above all let us put our trust in God and pray for the return 
of peace. A peace which understands the feeling of a peace-loving 
people, the triumph of right over might, the victory of good over 
evil and the preservation of the rights of humanity." 

He paid graceful tribute to the Fraternal Dead, using this 
thought so beautifully expressed — 

"There is no flock, however watched and tended 
But one dead lamb is there: 
There is no fireside howse'er defended, 
But has one vacant Chair." 

Dispensations were few and purely administrative, while 
decisions rendered were of a like character and contained 
nothing of interest to Chapters other than those personally 
concerned. Reference is made to the salary arrangement of 
the Grand Secretary, which is jointly paid by Grand Chapter, 
Grand Council, Knights Templar and Grand Lodge. We sug- 
gest that Comp. Bundy must be a busy executive if he holds 
the office of Secretary in all of these bodies. M. Ex. Comp. 
Astell brings his valedictory to a close with these words — 

"And finally, my Companions, I beseech you to keep faith with 
your obligations to the Fraternity and to your Government, to the 
end that we may not again become embroiled in another world 
conflict and catastrophe, never letting ourselves get out of touch 
with the God of our fathers." 

The Grand Treasurer presented a statement, which from a 
fiscal standpoint, should leave little to be desired. Investments 
total $7,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is comprehensive and should 
be comforting in that he records a splendid gain in member- 
ship. The net gain is four times that of 1943, while exalta- 
tions were nearly double those of the previous twelve months. 

Charles F. Banzhaf, Jr., presented the report on Corre- 
spondence. While he quotes the high-lights of the Proceedings 


of many jurisdictions, Canada, much to our regret, is among 
the missing. Perhaps it is our fault in not mailing our Pro- 
ceedings in time for inclusion in his Review. We forgive him 
no matter what the reason, as he has been most generous with 
our Sister Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia 
and Quebec, and from the latter he extracts the following — 

"Our constant prayer should be for the protection of our dear 
Empire and the Nations associated with her in the cause of 
Righteousness, Freedom and enduring pepace." 

He also refers to our Mother Grand Chapter of England 
with regard to the regulation requiring candidates for the 
Royal Arch to submit their Grand Lodge certificates for in- 
spection. This is a precaution that we might well emulate 
in Canada. We tender our congratulations to Comp. Banzhaf 
for a most entertaining Review. 

The Committee on Memorials presented an eloquent report 
on the passing of many Royal Craftsmen and with special 
reference to the death of Past Grand High Priest Marshall H. 
Dean. The late Companion was a Past Grand Master of Grand 
Lodge and active and prominent in all branches of the Craft. 

Wilfred Fullerton was elected Grand High Priest and in- 
stalled into office according to our ancient rites. Harry W. 
Bundy remains as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. We note with interest that Wilfred Fullerton 
presides as President. 

Our Grand Representative in Colorado is Jule S. Vaughan, 
while Albert E. Bryson functions as representative of Colorado 
near our Grand Chapter. 


Charles S. Calhoon — Grand High Priest., 
Marshall M. Carpenter — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Seventh Annual Convocation held in Wilming- 
ton, January 17th, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Calhoon presiding. 
Eleven Past Grand High Priests and twenty-six Grand Repre- 
sentatives were cordially greeted. Canada's representative 
was not among those present. 

Distinguished visitors from the Grand Chapters of Penn- 
sylvania, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland and Vir- 


ginia were in attendance. The Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, 
Grand Council and M. Wor. Bro. Harry Lewis, Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Delaware were present. It is unneces- 
sary to say all were received with Grand Honors and warmly 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Calhoon, while quite brief, 
nevertheless gave full coverage to the year's activities. After 
greeting all present he paid graceful homage to the Fraternal 
Dead, not only of Delaware, but also the distinguished Com- 
panions of Sister Jurisdictions whose death occurred during 
his term of office. Among the latter we note the name of our 
late Grand Second Principal, Andrew H. Monteith. We grate- 
fully acknowledge this recognition of our great loss in the 
passing of one who has been an outstanding Craftsman in our 
jurisdiction. Official visits, both within and beyond the bor- 
ders of Delaware, are also recorded. Dispensations were 
limited to a few and were purely routine in character. The 
Grand High Priest closed a very interesting address with a 
commentary on the co-operative spirit displayed by the Grand 
Officers and a glowing tribute to the work of the Grand Sec- 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates receipts in excess 
of disbursements which is always a healthy sign. 

From the Grand Secretary we learn that the year closed 
with a slight increase in membership. 

The Committee on Jurisprudence approved all of the Grand 
High Priest's actions, but recommended that his suggestion 
of a change of hour for meeting be deferred until further con- 
sideration can be given the matter between now and the next 
Annual Convocation. 

From an eloquent report by the Memorial Committee we 
take this brief excerpt — 

"In the scheme of existence both here and in life to come, we 
are always face to face with rhythm. The rhythm of summer and 
winter, springtime and fall; male and female; night and day, 
mountains and valleys, sunshine and rain; youth and age; seed 
time and harvest; life and death, are everywhere evident. One 
is just as necessary as the other, one is a preparation for the other. 

'Take the seed time for instance, how would the harvest be 
possible without it. Nothing grows in the desert where it is 
always sunshine. That is why 'Into each life some rain must 
fall.' We develop spiritually preparation under adversity." 


The Committee on Education presented an impressive re- 
port from which we extract a few lines — 

"One of the most important bi-products of general education is 
the satisfaction which one derives from the possession of the 
knowledge and skills which it provides. This is equally true of 
Masonic education. The men who enjoy Masonry most are the 
men who know most about it. When we find a Mason not inter- 
ested in Masonry we may be assured that he knows little about 

Joseph 0. Willis was elected and regularly installed as 
Grand High Priest. Marshall M. Carpenter was re-elected and 
again invested as Grand Secretary. 

The report of the Correspondence Committee may be cate- 
gorized as brevity personified. Seven lines only are required 
for the meagre information it contains. Reference is made to 
the revival of York Rite Masonry, which it is suggested re- 
acts to the benefit of Royal Arch Masonry. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 27, 1944. 

Canada's representative in Delaware is Nathaniel D. Rand, 
while George Slack is privileged to represent Delaware near 
our Grand Chapter. 


Maurice L. Brewton — Grand High Priest. 
Aubrey H. Clayton — Acting Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Washing- 
ton, February 14, 1945. 

Grand Chapter, having been opened in Ample Form, ex- 
tended a courteous and fraternal greeting to many visitors. 
These included delegations from the Grand Chapters of Dela- 
ware, Marlyand, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania 
and Virginia. Associate bodies were represented by the Grand 
Master of Grand Council and the Grand Commander, Knights 
Templar. It is unnecessary to say that all were received with 
the honors consistent to their rank and station in Masonry. 
Twenty-nine Sister Jurisdictions were duly represented by 
their accredited Grand Representatives. Ten Past Grand High 
Priests were in attendance. 

From the introductory words of M. Ex. Comp. Brewton we 
quote a line or two — 


"We are in a world today, torn by the ravishes of war. It is 
well to pause and give thanks to our Heavenly Father for the 
many blessings that are still ours. May He continue to watch over 
and protect us. May Peace and Goodwill soon come to mankind 
all over the world." 

In a dignified tribute to the Fraternal Dead the Grand High 
Priest refers feelingly to the deaths of Past Grand High Priests 
Eugene E. Thompson, and Edward W. Libbey, and also to the 
passing of the Grand Secretary, J. Claude Keiper. We, in 
Canada, are greatly shocked to learn of the death of the Grand 
Secretary, whom we admired and respected. May we tender 
deepest sympathy in the loss of this outstanding Craftsman. 

Dispensations were few in number, and purely routine. 
Visitations are fully covered in the Grand High Priest's ad- 
dress and include visits to the various Chapters, to associate 
bodies and to other jurisdictions. Under condition of the 
Fraternity, M. Ex. Comp. Brewton speaks of the future of 
Royal Arch Masonry as very bright and encouraging and 
brings to a close a very entertaining address by tendering his 
thanks to all those who had assisted him during the year and 
for their many evidences of friendship. He says : "True friend- 
ship is one of mankind's greatest blessings," and quotes the 
following — 

"It is my joy in life to find 

At every turning of the road 
The friendships of a comrade kind, 

To help me onward with my load, 
And since I have no gold to give 

And love alone must make amends, 
My only prayer is while I live, 

God make me worthy of my friends." 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we glean the fact that 
finances are in a comfortable condition, with a general fund 
of $10,959.00 and solid investments of $13,300.00. 

The high-light of the Grand Secretary's report is found in 
the statement that Grand Chapter enjoyed a substantial net 
increase in membership. Congratulations are in order and we 
are happy to extend them to our Companions of the District 
of Columbia. 

We turn with interest to the report of the Grand Lecturer, 
Lucien G. Yung. From past experience we know that a treat 
is in store for us in the reading of this report. We quote a 
few lines — 


"May the day soon come when this titanic struggle shall be 
brought to a close, with, tlhe power of dictators and tyrant® entire- 
ly dissipated and the armies of the Allied Nations be permitted 
to return to their homes and families with the full assurance that 
once again Peace is restored too a weary world, (this time -to re- 

For the sixth time Otto B. Roepke writes the Fraternal 
Review. His foreword is bright and cheery and carries a mes- 
sage that leaves little doubt as to the revival of the Capitular 
Craft. We take an excerpt from this very fine foreword — 

"We feel that the attraction to our Fraternity is largely due to 
the wonderful service it is giving lin isuupporting the war effort. 
There are enormous purchases of war bonds, ambulances have been 
presented to agencies for war use, the wonderful work of the 
Masonic Service Centers, the contacts being maintained by Chap- 
ters with their Companions in the service, tihe plans being formu- 
lated for post-war rehabilitation are a few of the things wihJich 
have caused the desire to be actively associated in the work of 
our great humanitarian organization." 

Canada is generously reviewed with liberal extracts from 
our Grand Z.'s address. Comp. Roepke gives full coverage 
to our financial and numerical position and finds space to quote 
from this Correspondent's last Review. Many thanks, Comp. 
Roepke, we have enjoyed our all too brief sojourn in the Dis- 
trict of Columbia. Congratulations on a splendid Review and 
best wishes for the days to come. 

Harry J. Hunt, Jr., was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest, while Aubrey H. Clayton assumes the office of Grand 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on February 27, 

The District of Columbia is loyally represented in Canada 
by Fred J. Johnson, while our very good friend, Lucien G. 
Yung, faithfully protects Canada's interests in District of 


Rt. Hon. The Earl of Harewood — 1st Grand Principal. 
Sydney A. White, M.V.O.— Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of England, held on November 1, 1944, in 
London with the Earl of Harewood on the throne. 

Grand Chapter having been formally opened the First 
Grand Principal announced the death of Third Grand Principal, 


Canon Curtis. It is with regret that we in Canada learn of 
the death of this great Mason, and we humbly tender our 
deepest sympathy in the passing of this outstanding church- 
man and pillar of the Craft. 

The Earl of Harewood appointed to the office another mem- 
ber of the cloth in the person of the Rev. A. T. A. Naylor, 
whose grand work as Assistant Chaplain-General of Britain's 
Armed Forces is well known. Comp. Naylor being in attend- 
ance was obligated according to ancient custom and duly in- 
stalled as Third Grand Principal. The report of the Commit- 
tee of General Purposes was presented and adopted. In this 
report we find a lengthy list of Past Grand Officers deceased 
since the last Convocation. The amazing number of new chap- 
ters seeking dispensation is indicative that despite the stress 
of the times Masonry in England is rapidly progressing. Seven- 
teen requests for charters were received and after a careful 
scrutiny of each the Committee recommended favourably. 

It is noteworthy that Dudley Chapter has an uninterrupted 
existence for 100 years and seeks permission for its members 
to wear a centenary jewel. Having concluded the business of 
Chapter following which Grand Chapter closed in Antient and 
after singing the National Anthem. 

Quarterly held February 7, 1945, with the Grand Z. pre- 
siding. This meeting was devoted to routine business includ- 
ing the consideration of a host of applications for new Chap- 
ters. The system in England differs from our Capitular sys- 
tem in that each of these Chapters are to be attached to Craft 
Lodges and the Chapter assumes the name of the parent 
Lodge. It is interesting to note that these applications come 
not only from England but from such distant places as North 
Rhodesia, Transvaal and New Zealand. 

Quarterly, May 2nd, 1945, with Rev. A. T. A. Naylor in the 
Chair. Reports of Committees were received and acted upon. 
Old King's Arms Chapter having been in existence for 100 
years were granted permission for the wearing of a Centenary 

At this Convocation officers for the year were appointed, 
the Earl of Harewood continuing as First Grand Principal, 
General Sir Francis Davies as Second Grand Principal and 
Rev. A. T. A. Naylor as Third Grand Principal with Sydney 


A. White as Grand Scribe E. In England the Grand Z., Grand 
H., and Grand Scribe E. by virtue of their office, hold corre- 
sponding rank in Grand Lodge. While the other officers 
change from time to time, these three serve continuously as 
long as they are serving similar rank in the Craft Grand Body. 

After referring to the great loss through the death of many 
distinguished members the acting Grand Z. addressed Grand 
Chapter following which Grand Chapter closed in Antient and 
Solemn Form. 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales 

The Earl of Stradbroke — Grand Master. 

The Rev. Canon Frederick Halsey — Deputy Grand Master. 

Major Sir Thomas Lumley-Smith — Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication held in Freemasons' Hall, Lon- 
don, March 6th, 1945, the Grand Master opened Grand Lodge 
in Ample Form. At this Communication nominations for office 
were held and following ancient custom unanimously elected 
the Earl of Stradbroke Grand Master for a further term of 
one year. A motion was presented authorizing the General 
Board to grant relief to a needy brother or the widow or child 
of a deceased brother to the extent of approximately $500.00 
and the Grand Master to sanction such relief to the extent of 
$750.00 without referring the matter to Grand Lodge. This 
motion carried. The Grand Master named his appointments 
for the year. The passing of many honoured brethren was 
announced and a tribute paid to their memory. The Grand 
Master spoke of the progress of the "New Premises Fund" 
which he termed most satisfactory. We may say that it is the 
intention of Grand Lodge to raise sufficient funds to enable 
them to erect a suitable building or temple for Mark Master 

Quarterly, June 5, 1945, with the Earl of Stradbroke on 
the throne. After the official opening the report of the Gen- 
eral Board was received, followed by an announcement of the 
retirement of R. Wor. Bro. K. McL. Marshall, the President 
of the Board. For fourteen years he has faithfully served and 
his retirement was a matter of deep regret to the brethren 
who thoroughly appreciated his efforts on behalf of Grand 


Arrangements were made to give consideration to applica- 
tions for relief from brethren who have served in the armed 
forces of the Crown and an effort will be made to assist such 
brethren in re-establishing themselves in civil life. 

From the Grand Master's address we extract the following: 

"Every year our association goes on increasing, our Constitu- 
tions are more \aluable we have more members and more Lodges 
formed every year." 

From this we assume that Mark Master Masonry is still 
active and virile. 

The Grand Master appointed R. Wor. Bro. Jno. Cleeves 
as President of the General Board. After announcing his 
official appointments for the year, the Grand Master closed 
Grand Lodge in Ample Form, after which the brethren brought 
the proceedings to a close by singing the National Anthem. 


E. Paul Newhard — Grand High Priest. 
Wm. J. Penn, Jr. — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Second Annual Convocation 
was held in the City of Macon, April 19, 1944. 

Grand Chapter was regularly opened by the Grand High 
Priest, after which prayer was offered by the Grand Chaplain. 

Twelve Past Rulers graced the proceedings by their pres- 
ence. Thirty-six Grand Representatives answered for their 
respective jurisdictions. Comp. Tom B. Elfe, the ever-faithful, 
responded for Canada. 

Honored guests hailed from Florida, Delaware and Ten- 
nessee. Also present were leaders of Grand Council, Knights 
Templar and, of course, from the font of Masonry a large and 
representative delegation from the Grand Lodge of Georgia. 
From the opening remarks of the Grand High Priest we give 
the following excerpt — 

"As we open our deliberations, may we direct our thoughts in 
grateful appreciation to a Divine Providence for the privilege of 
assembly and of religious freedom accorded by the laws of the 
land. May the consciousness of these blessings be written across 
our hearts as ours to keep and to hold for all future generations." 


We also desire to quote the following from M. Ex. Comp. 
NewharcTs comment on world-wide conditions — 

"Henry Ward Beecher has said, 'Many men build as Cathedrals 
are built — the part nearest the ground finished, but that part 
which soars toward heaven, tine turrets and the spires : forever in- 
complete.' Wherever Royal Arch Masonry is at work, cathedrals 
are built and completed; ftiheir spires symbolically reaching heaven- 

"Wiithin the portals of Masonry are to be found the touchstones 
of character, and within our Royal Arch Chapters are to be found 
the precepts of morals and ideals, unchanged by time and guarded 
as zealously ias the standards that science maintains so scrupu- 
lously within the realm of material .things." 

Under the caption "Conditions", the Grand High Priest 
presents an optimistic picture of the present and future, and 
states Royal Arch Masonry in Georgia is in a flourishing con- 
dition. He lists his appointments and dispensatons, the latter 
being purely routine. 

He recommends the purchase of a suitable national flag to 
be formally presented at all Convocations of Grand Chapter. 
This delightful and inspirational address concludes with an 
expression of appreciation for the honor of serving Grand 

We learn from the Grand Treasurer's report that finances 
are in splendid condition, receipts and disbursements carefully 
managed and an investment fund of $6,000.00 in War Bonds. 
Georgia also has an Educational Fund of some $8,000.00 which 
is used to assist students in acquiring a higher education on 
a loan basis. These loans are repaid by the students on an 
easy payment arrangement. Truly a splendid objective and 
one which we heartily applaud. 

According to the Grand Secretary, Georgia had a net gain 
in membership of 1,004, which makes the sixth consecutive 
year that Grand Chapter has reported an increase. Congratu- 
lations are definitely in order. 

It is with more than passing interest that, while we note 
that the charters of two chapters were arrested, that charters 
were granted to four new chapters. This is something out of 
the ordinary as very few new chapters have come into being 
during the past few years of stress and turmoil. While Royal 
Arch Masonry in Canada has been active and vigorous, we 
have not felt new chapters a necessity for many a long day. 


Peace and harmony prevails within the confines of the 
jurisdiction according to the report of the Committee on 
Grievances and Appeals. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is from the facile 
pen of Pleasant T. McCutchen, and, as usual, provides both 
entertainment and instruction. Last year Georgia was omitted 
from our Review as the Proceedings did not reach us until too 
late to be included. We are more than pleased to have this 
prominent Grand Chapter return to the fold. Naturally, our 
first thought is, "what has Comp. McCutchen to say about 
Canada." A careful perusal of his Review indicates that he 
has dealt very generously with us, has covered the salient 
points of our 1943 Convocation and concludes by referring to 
our last "Foreword" as forceful, optimistic and courteous. We 
are still optimistic, Comp. McCutchen. Even in the darkest 
days of the war we never lost our faith in the Royal Arch and 
the splendid advancement that has been made by the great 
majority of jurisdictions is full justification for our confidence. 
Many thanks for your kind words. 

Following the election and installation of J. T. Morgan as 
Grand High Priest, the retiring Grand High Priest was pre- 
sented with a War Bond instead of the customary jewel of 
office. A nice gesture and in keeping with the popular trend. 
Wm. J. Penn, Jr., was re-elected as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood followed the closing of 
Grand Chapter. 

Tom. B. Elfe represents Canada in Georgia, while G. H. 
Hayward is Georgia's representative near our Grand Chapter. 


Harley Mathisen — Grand High Priest. 
Edward H. Way — Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-Seventh Annual Convocation held at Twin Falls 
on May 7, 1945. 

After the formal opening and prayer by the Grand Chap- 
lain, an honoured guest, in the person of G. Ray Nead, Grand 
Commander, Knights Templar, was received and fraternally 


Fifteen Past Grand High Priests and Thirty-five Grand 
Representatives were officially greeted. Charles Hartung 
answered the roll-call for Canada. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Mathisen was brief in com- 
parison with many such addresses we have reviewed, never- 
theless, it was complete in detail and eloquent in language. 
From his introductory remarks, in which he refers to a world 
of war and strife, the following is all too true — 

"With the silver lining gradually showing through the war 
clouds, it seems fitting that Masonry, one of the most democratic 
of all societies, should be a leader in preserving the institutions of 
a .free land. It is much easier to convert from peace to war than 
it is to revert to peace after war. In war the government directs 
the conversion with all the stimulus of patriotism; in peace each 
has the right to do the things he chooses and must rely on his 
vision, energy and resourcefulness for decisions." 

After a prayer in memory of departed companions and a 
reference to changes in the Corps of Grand Representatives 
the Grand High Priest enumerates his visitations. These were 
many and clearly indicates that M. Ex. Comp. Mathisen gave 
generously of his time in the performance of this phase of 
his duty. 

His report on the "Condition of the Order" is encouraging 
and indicates that Idaho, like the rest of the Capitular world, 
is enjoying a period of revival and increased interest. Dispen- 
sations were few in number and purely routine. 

Among the recommendations is one that will require an 
applicant for Chapter degrees to make a declaration that he 
has been a member of a Craft Lodge for one year and has 
passed a satisfactory examination as a Master Mason. 

As a valedictory the Grand High Priest thanked the Com- 
panions for the honour conferred upon him and expressed ap- 
preciation for the assistance rendered by the Grand Secretary 
and other officers. 

The Grand Treasurer's report clearly indicates that finances 
are sound and carefully managed. Receipts are far in excess 
of disbursements, while Grand Chapter has some $1,400.00 
invested in Defence Bonds. 

Edward H. Way as Grand Secretary, presented a fine re- 
port, the outstanding feature of which recorded a substantial 
increase in membership. We also note with interest, that all 


Chapters are clear on the books of Grand Chapter, which is a 
very happy condition. 

Grand Chapter "called off" in order to receive representa- 
tives of the Order of the Eastern Star, who presented baskets 
of flowers and expressed greetings and felicitations. 

John Shore, P.G.H.P., presents his first report on Fraternal 
Correspondence, and after reading his "Foreword" we suggest 
that he has made a most auspicious beginning. We quote a 
few lines from this "Foreword" and heartily agree that in 
a number of Proceedings little is found upon which to build 
an intelligent and interesting Review. Yet, in most cases, we 
have found much material to attract our attention — 

"I am urged to so confess by the close perusal of the many Pro- 
ceedings received. These are shortened, sometimes almost to the 
point of obliteration; far less than usual is contained on which a 
sterile-minded correspondent can nutritiously browse, but still 
much may be learned. 

"It needs but a Word to mark the greater activity and 'upward 
trend' everywhere; my readers know it already. May the quality 
keep pace with the quantity!" 

How true these words upon the "upward trend". We ap- 
preciate M. Ex. Comp. Shore's thought and say, "more ma- 
terial for the Temple — yes — but only material of tested qual- 
ity that will add strength to our structure, all else can only 
prove disastrous and may be likened to building upon the shift- 
ing sands." 

Comp. Shore's Review of Canada is generous and complete. 
He refers to opening ceremonies as impressive, has a nice word 
to say about M. Wor. Bro. Frank Copus, and quotes liberally 
from our Grand Z.'s address. His reference to our last Review 
is complimentary and we should like to express our thanks 
for his kind words. We should also take the opportunity of 
extending a welcome to the Round Table and to tender our 
sincere congratulations upon a fine Review. If this first effort 
is a sample we no doubt have further literary treats in store 
for us in the days to come. 

Dell 0. Bellamy was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, while Edward H. Way was re-elected Grand Secretary. 
Boise was selected as the next place of meeting. 


The Order of High Priesthood convened in the evening of 
May 7th. 

Canada's representative in Idaho is Charles Hartung, while 
Fred Porterfield is Idaho's representative in Canada. 


Edward A. Kuehmstaedt — Grand High Priest. 
Edward E. Core — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Fifth Annual Convocation held in Chicago, 
October 26, 1944. 

Grand Chapter opened in Ample Form, after which the 
Grand Chaplain led in the devotional exercises. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. 
Illinois is fortunate indeed in having such an active "Old 
Guard". Perhaps no Grand Chapter entertains more guests 
than do our friends in Illinois. Distinguished Craftsmen were 
present on this occasion from here, there, and yonder. General 
Grand Chapter, the Grand Jurisdictions of Michigan, Indiana, 
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Manitoba, were represented 
as also were the various branches of our ancient Order, 
Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters, Scottish Rite, and 
in the place of honour, the most Worshipful the Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of Illinois. It is unnecessary to say that 
all received a warm fraternal greeting and were received with 
the customary "Grand Honours". In responding the Grand 
Master spoke of an increase of 6,779 members to the roster of 
Grand Lodge, and announced this as a new and fertile field 
from which to draw Chapter members. Truly the Craft in 
Illinois appears most active. Forty-five other Grand Chapters 
were represented by Grand Representatives. Fred W. Soady, 
ever faithful, answered for Canada. 

The Grand High Priest's address proves to be a carefully 
prepared compilation of facts, figures and incidents in connec- 
tion with the year's work. After extending a courteous greet- 
ing, and paying tribute to the passing of many companions, 
he lists his dispensations. These were all purely administra- 
tive. M. Ex. Comp. Kuehmstaedt referred to the ritual of 
presenting the flag. Following a ruling by the Grand Master 
that the presentation of the flag should be discontinued and the 
flag considered as a part of the Lodge furniture, the Grand 


High Priest followed this precedent and directed that Chapters 
also discontinue the ceremony. May we say that in Canada 
the Union Jack is displayed in the East, but there has never 
been any salute to or presentation of the flag. We feel that 
its presence sufficiently indicates our loyalty and respect with- 
out any spectacular ceremony. 

During the year an additional $5,000.00 worth of War 
Bonds were purchased under the authority of the Grand High 

Seventy-four veterans received "Fifty-year Certificates." 
Under the "Condition of the Craft" the Grand High Priest 
speaks of the appalling loss in membership for the past fifteen 
years, but rejoiced in the statement that this year a substan- 
tial increase was recorded. 

This very fine address concludes with a glowing tribute to 
the service rendered by the Grand Secretary, who is referred 
to as a Pillar of Strength. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we note annual receipts 
of $17,000.00, with disbursements of $28,000.00. Investments 
total $89,000.00, practically all in U. S. Treasury Bonds. As 
stated above, the membership shows a very satisfying increase. 

Illinois lists the names and Chapters of all members serving 
in the armed forces. This is something that we, in Canada, 
failed to do, much to the disappointment of this Correspondent. 
From a very impressive report on Obituaries we extract this 
poetically expressed thought — 

"Soon may the sounds of battle 
Be hushed o'er all the world . . . 
The mighty conflict ended, 
White flags of peace unfurled. 
If then from strife and hatred 
The earth should seek release, 
It needs must walk more closely 
With the holy Prince of Peace. 
Then men of every nation, 
Of every race and creed 
Shall learn to live as brothers 
And, learning, live indeed." 

We read with consuming interest the address of the Grand 
Chaplain. This appears to be a feature of the Illinois Convo- 
cation and cannot be categorized as other than a high-light. 
It is a literary treat, an epic, that should be read by all Masons. 
Its scope is broad, its advice sound and ideals lofty and inspir- 


ing. We regret that we cannot do more than quote a few scant 
lines as samples of the subject matter of this sterling address. 
We quote four sections taken at random — 

The thing is this, France had lost her soul. That is all. France 
had lost her soul. She lost her head. When she lost her soul 
she didn't have 'the genius to combat those influences'." 

"Why did England stand in that momentous hour, that second 
in History's eternity and turn the devils of aggression back in 
upon themselves? Why was it? I will tell you: A nation dis- 
covered its soul in tlhat moment." 

"No nation) therefore can profit that sells its soul." 

"God hias placed (peculiar privileges in your hand and mine dur- 
ing our lifetime, a great light to be held aloft as an illuminating 
torch of humanity." 

The Capitular Review, or Report on Fraternal Relations, 
call it what you will, is again the product of that Master Crafts- 
man, M. Ex. Comp. Everett R. Turnbull, a veteran Reviewer 
and a leader among our best correspondents. In his "Fore- 
word" M. Ex. Comp. Turnbull deals with an incident which 
brought our friends of the Scottish Rite into conflict with the 
Ancient Craft as represented by the conference of Grand 
Masters in general and the Grand Lodge of Missouri in particu- 
lar. We have no desire to become embroiled in this contro- 
versy, but cannot refrain from saying that the Scottish Rite 
or any other branch of Masonry, are stepping beyond their 
province when they attempt to exercise authority over the 
basic elements of our Order, which must be the full care and 
responsibility of Grand Lodge. The Craft Lodge provides the 
foundation and all other branches have been built thereon. 
The strength of the entire structure must primarily come from 
its foundation and any attempt to usurp its power and influence 
can only result in confusion, dissention and ultimate disaster. 

We turn with interest to Comp. Turnbull's review of Canada 
which enjoys full coverage, liberal quotations and friendly 
comment from our various reports indicate that our last Pro- 
ceedings have been carefully read and dissected. We desire 
to tender our thanks for a courteous review of our jurisdiction 
and may say that reviewing Illinois is to us at once a pleasure 
and a satisfaction. 

After the election of officers, John M. Gregg was regularly 
installed as Grand High Priest, while Edward E. Core was re- 
elected and invested as Grand Secretary. 


The Order of High Priesthood convened at 2.30 p.m. on 
October 26th. 

Canada's representative in Illinois is Fred W. Soady, while 
Joseph J. Shelley ably represents Illinois near our Grand 


George Riley Lee — Grand High Priest. 
Charles C. Thomas — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Ninth Annual Convocation held in Indianapolis 
on October 18, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Lee presiding. Fol- 
lowing the opening ceremonies a host of distinguished visitors 
were received. Grand Chapters of Michigan and Illinois, to- 
gether with delegations from General Grand Chapter, Grand 
Council, Grand Commandery, Scottish Rite and Grand Lodge, 
were duly received and cordially greeted. 

Twenty-two Past Grand High Priests and Fifty-two Grand 
Representatives were in attendance. We are happy to note 
the presence of M. Ex. Comp. William H. Baugh, who re- 
sponded for Canada. 

The Grand High Priest's address provides a complete sum- 
mary of the year's work. After tendering a gracious welcome 
to all present, he paid sincere tribute to those who passed into 
that House not made with hands, Eternal in the Heavens, 
special reference being made to the lamented death of Past 
Grand High Priest, K. F. Bos worth. Despite restricted travel, 
M. Ex. Comp. Lee seems to have made many visitations, all 
of which, according to reports, proved enjoyable and should 
have been productive of much good. Dispensations were few 
and for the most part purely administrative. Decisions also 
were routine with nothing of interest beyond the local unit 
effected. Among the Grand High Priest's recommendations 
is one to prevent collective balloting. This Correspondent is 
heartily in accord with this recommendation and should say 
that an effort has been made in Canada, both in Grand Lodge 
and Grand Chapter, to discourage this practice. A further 
recommendation is to the effect that the Grand Secretary and 
Grand Lecturer receive an increase in their yearly stipends. 
Apparently salaries are not frozen in Indiana. 


This excellent address concludes with words of praise and 
commendation for the officers of Grand Chapter whose co- 
operative spirit was helpful to the Grand High Priest during 
his tern of office. 

From the report of "Resolutions Committee ,, we extract 
these well-known lines — 

"Oh, we never do reach our fullest height, 

And we never do our all; 
We must turn away at the close of day 

When the tools from our fingers fall. 
But it is not failure to hold a dream 

That never on earth comes true; 
For the tasks on earth that we miss on earth 

Are left for our souls to do." 

Fiscal affairs as shown by the Grand Treasurer's report 
appear to be in a very comfortable position and give indication 
of good management. Receipts of $13,352.00 and Disburse- 
ments of $11,475.00 with investments of $23,732.00 about tells 
the story. 

The Grand Secretary's report is another high-light in the 
Proceedings. Membership shows a splendid increase. Exal- 
tations total 1,585, which, after deducting losses, shows a net 
gain of 919 members. The Grand Secretary also refers to the 
fact that 111 Chapters report 1,057 companions are in the 
armed services.. 

From an eloquent report on Necrology we quote this beau- 
tiful thought — 

"They were noble men who have softened for us the rough path- 
way of life and have strengthened us for life's baittle; who have 
comforted us in life's sorrows, and reached forth a helping hand 
amid life's misfortunes. " 

A resolution to contribute $1,000.00 to the Service Center 
Fund of Grand Lodge was not approved and this activity left 
to the subordinate chapters. 

The Committee on Foreign Relations report is not lengthy 
and merely refers to the number of jurisdictions with which 
Indiana is in correspondence, and comments upon the general 
revival of Royal Arch Masonry throughout the Capitular 

Bert Oran Pruitt was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, while Charles C. Thomas was re-elected Grand Secre- 


The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

John Stevenson is privileged to represent Indiana in Can- 
ada, while we are well served by William H. Baugh, who 
represents Canada in Indiana. 


R. Hon. Sir Milne Barbour — Grang King. 
H. C. Shellard — Grand Registrar. 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter meets quarterly 
in the months of February, May, July and November. These 
meetings are held in Freemasons* Hall, Dublin. From a letter 
from the Grand King, dated January 10th, 1945, we extract 
the following — 

"In our daily lives and in the discharge of our Masonic duties 
none of us are entirely unaffected by a constant feeling of grave 
concern for the welfare of humanity. We should all respect a duty 
resting on us to be ever mindful of such distress, and to be ready 
to show practical sympathy to those who in varying degree may 
be greatly comforted by a kind word or friendly act." 

Under "Obituary" sympathetic reference is made to the 
passing of a number of prominent Royal Craftsmen with a 
particular reference to the death of M. Ex. Comp. A. R. Sharpe, 
who, in 1944, was an active officer of Grand Chapter. 

It is interesting to note, that despite the stress of the times 
that four new chapters were granted "Warrants" during the 
past year. 

The reports of the District Grand Chapters all indicate that 
Masonry still continues the even tenor of its way notwithstand- 
ing the difficulties of travel, blackouts and all the inconveni- 
ences of a world war. Among these reports we find those of 
New Zealand and South Africa, in which far flung outposts 
Ireland still maintains Provincial Grand Chapters. 

The Grand Treasurer's report informs us of the splendid 
contributions to charities such as schools, widows' funds and 
to Malta to assist the rebuilding fund of that devastated island. 
War Bonds were also purchased to a substantial amount. 

We, in Canada, and elsewhere, may well take a leaf from 
Ireland's book, note the following resolution — 


f< The issue of certificates to Eirstt Principals who have not at- 
tended Grand Chapter or offered apologies for absence be sus- 
pended, and that Second and Third Principals are hereby warned 
that promotion depends on attending Grand Chapter at least twice 
in each year." 

Our Irish companions deal with this vexed subject fear- 
lessly and in a manner to merit our applause. 

Ireland is ably represented in Canada by R. W. McFadden, 
while Canada is represented in Ireland by the Grand Registrar, 
H. C. Shellard. 


Frank M. Yeoman — Grand High Priest. 
Elmer F. Strain — Grand Secretary. 

The Eightieth Annual Convocation held in Wichita, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1945. 

Grand Chapter was opened by M. Ex. Comp. Yeoman in 
Ample Form, the Grand Chaplain delivering the Invocation. 

Grand Representatives to the number of thirty-one answer- 
ed the roll-call and were formally received. We note the ab- 
sence of Canada's representative. 

Delegates from the Grand Council, Grand Commandery, 
the Scottish Rite as well as M. Wor. Bro. B. S. Paulen, Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Kansas, were cordially welcomed 
with appropriate courtesies. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests graced the East. 

The Grand High Priest's address gives full coverage to the 
year's activities and carries a message of inspiration and en- 
couragement, we quote a word or two from the opening re- 
marks — 

"With prosperity, comfort and hope abounding, there is on every 
side an atmosphere of sadness which we are all bound to feel. God 
gave us a world of peace and happiness, but today almost the 
entire world is involved in the greatest war in all hisitory. Sorrow 
and despair, anguish and fear, hunger and want, and persecution 
and massacre of innocent people, perpetrated by the most insidi- 
ous group of brigands in history, challenge the right of existence 
of everything that Masonry isitands for and civilization itself is 
suffering a tremendous catastrophe." 

Referring to Masonry's part in these trying days the Grand 
High Priest has this to say — 


"But men are not made Masons simply by joining Masonic 
Lodges. Man cannot be a true Mason who is not patriotic, who is 
not imbued with that faith winch impels us to believe the doctrines 
contained in that great Boole, that hope which creates within us 
a desire to become partakers of the promises contained in that 
Book, which points toward heaven and, when guided by that faith, 
leads the way to immortality." 

Under the "Fraternal Dead" he pays tribute to the great 
loss sustained through the death of M. Ex. Comp. Fred T. Nye, 
saying, "Though he be gone the record of his virtues and his 
worth cannot perish." 

Speaking of finances the Grand High Priest stated that his 
recommendation to increase the per capita tax from fifty to 
sixty cents had been approved and was now effective. 

He authorized concurrent jurisdiction for a number of 
Chapters resulting in many applications being received from 
territory heretofore not covered. He attended many district 
meetings and found good reason for optimism. Attributing 
lack of leadership as responsible for a number of delinquent 
chapters. M. Ex. Comp. Yeoman appealed for assistance for 
these struggling chapters. 

This very entertaining address concludes with these words : 

"When I step back into the ranks tomorrow, it will be with a 
"heart full of thanks for your confidence and a prayer on my lips 
that this terrible tragedy Which has overtaken the world may soon 
end, and there may be Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward All 

Fiscal affairs in Kansas appear to be on a sound basis as 
one observes by reading the Grand Treasurers report. Bank 
balance $11,935.00, a Charity Fund of $1,234.00, and invest- 
ments of $11,500.00. 

While no reference is made by the Grand Secretary in his 
report as to membership conditions, we take it that a gain of 
something less than 10% is the result of the year's work, at 
least that is what we gather from the Grand High Priest's 

From a beautifully worded report on Necrology we extract 
these lines — 

"While death to the Christian has became the necessary gate 
through which we pass from time to eternity, from mortality to 
immortality, and from weakness to strength, we have learned 
there is a love that extends beyond the grave through the bound- 
less realms of eternity." 


The Committee on Correspondence stated that as no Re- 
view had been prepared consequently they had no report to 
make. We hope the day may not be too far distant when 
Kansas will reinstate Reviews and we may be permitted closer 
fraternal contact than is possible at present. In this writer's 
opinion Fraternal Correspondence is the golden chord that 
binds together the Grand Chapters of the world, and as there 
is strength in unity so established contacts foster peace, 
brotherhood and goodwill. 

Following the election of officers Arthur H. Strickland was 
installed as Grand High Priest. Elmer F. Strain was re-in- 
vested as Grand Secretary. 

A. P. Goering represents Kansas in Canada, while Ray H. 
Clossen is our Representative in Kansas. 


Alpheus E. Orton — Grand High Priest. 
Ray G. Tipton — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Annual Convoca- 
tion held in Louisville, October 17th and 18th, 1944. 

Following the opening of Grand Chapter the Grand Chap- 
lain delivered a most impressive Invocation from which we ex- 
tract the closing words — 

"May the spirit of good will be present in all deliberations; and 
may some of this spirit of real fraternity be shed abroad in a 
world of bitterness, hatred and chaos that so sorely needs the 
work of this grand Order." 

After the usual patriotic exercises and saluting the Flag, 
twenty Past Grand High Priests were received and welcomed. 
Twenty-one Grand Representatives answered the roll-call — 
A. Gordon Sulser answering for Canada. 

Distinguished guests were present in goodly numbers to 
partake of Kentucky's well-known hospitality. These included 
leaders of the Grand Council, the Knights Templar and Scot- 
tish Rite. Craft Masonry was worthily represented by the 
Deputy Grand Master of Indiana, Deputy Grand Master of 
Illinois, Past Grand Masters from Missouri, Virginia, Ohio and 
Kentucky. All were received with fitting honors and warmly 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Orton is beautifully written, 
free from banalities it covers the year's official acts and con- 


tains many worth-while suggestions and uplifting thoughts. 
From his dissertaton on Royal Arch Masonry the following is 
timely — 

"Royal Arch Masonry is the summit of Ancient Craft Masonry 
and is just as truly a part of the system as are the symbolic de- 
grees; that fact should be realized by every Companion Royal 
Arch Mason and by him made known to our less informed 

Under Necrology the Grand High Priest refers to the sad 
loss sustained during the year through the death of Richard P. 
Dietzman, Grand Treasurer, and uses these lines — 

"There comes a triune — it comes to all — 
When we shall hear the Warden's call; 
And each, with ashlar rough or true, 
Must pass death's solemn portal through, 
Be it ours, Brethren, then to hear 
From the Master's lips these words of cheer; 
Your work is found both true and square 
Pass on." 

M. Ex. Comp. Orton lists his appointments and dispensa- 
tions. We find nothing of special interest among the latter. 
Gold Certificates are awarded to companions who have served 
fifty years in Royal Arch Masonry. Five such certificates 
were presented to veterans qualifying for them. The Capitular 
branch appears most active in Kentucky, while we note the 
consolidation of two Chapters it is most encouraging to learn 
that a number of new Chapters have been instituted. Refer- 
ence is also made in the address to the splendid work being 
done by the Masonic Fraternity through the "Old Masons' 
Home". We congratulate our Companions of the "blue grass" 
country on this worthy objective. M. Ex. Comp. Orton con- 
cludes a most encouraging and decidedly interesting address 
with these well-known lines — 

"Life is a story in volumes three, 
The past, the present, the yet to be; 
The first — we've written and laid away, 
The second — we are reading day by day, 
The third — and last of the volumes three, 
Is locked from sight — God keepeth the key." 

Fiscal affairs are in the capable hands of Grand Treasurer, 
C. C. Small. The revenue indicates a healthy increase over 
previous years, while a substantial reduction in expense is 
recorded. A very comforting condition indeed. Investments 
are mostly in United States War Bonds and total $52,000.00. 


Ray G. Tipton, the popular Grand Secretary, reports a gain 
in membership of 1,053. One of the remarkable features of 
the report is that which informs us that 307 Companions were 
re-instated, this surely is a fine record. Comp. Tipton brings 
a comprehensive and most illuminative report to a close with 
this thought on friendship — 

"It has always been my joy to find, 
At every turning of the road, 
The strong arm of a companion kind 
To help me onward with the load, 
And since I have no gold to give, 
And love alone must make amends, 
My prayer shall be, so long's I live, 
God, make me worthy of my friends." 

Chester D. Adams presented an eloquent report on Ne- 
crology, quoting the following — 

"The shades of night may sink upon a stin-sdek world, 
But from its blinded depths the sun will rise again, 
And with a burst of flame the righteous truth unfurl — 
That He who died to set men free died not in vain," 

Allen C. Terhune writes the Capitular Review and prefaces 
it with a Foreword entitled "The Creed of a Royal Arch 
Mason". Would that space permitted us to reproduce in it's 
entirety this unique presentation of a Royal Arch Mason's 
creed, suffice it to say that Comp. Terhune leaves a message 
with which we are heartily in accord. 

Turning to Canada, we find a generous coverage of our 
1944 Convocation with considerable space being devoted to our 
Grand Z.'s address and comments thereon. Referring to our 
last Review Comp. Terhune expresses appreciation of our treat- 
ment of Kentucky. May we say that we have enjoyed his 
Review and find, as always, that the Proceedings of Kentucky 
provide splendid material upon which to base a Review. 

We note with more than passing interest that Comp. Ter- 
hune was elected and installed Grand High Priest, while, of 
course, Ray G. Tipton continues in the office he so capably fills 
as Grand Secretary. 

We understand that W. A. Tillett takes over Comp. Ter- 
hune's work as Fraternal Correspondent. 

We have a worthy representative in Kentucky in the per- 
son of A. Gordon Sulser, while Kentucky is equally served by 
Rev. A. S. H. Cree in Canada. 



Gordon C. Woods — Grand High Priest. 
Lee W. Harris — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Eighth Annual Convocation was cancelled due 
to the Government request that such meetings and conven- 
tions be avoided in view of the travel and hotel congestion. 
The Grand High Priest following the example of Grand Lodge, 
declared a state of emergency existed, which prohibits the 
holding of the Convocation and it was thereby cancelled. A 
ballot was submitted by mail to the members of Grand Chap- 
ter and on February 12th the Committee on Election declared 
George W. Farr elected Grand High Priest and Lee W. Harris 
Grand Secretary. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was written and 
submitted by mail. This address in the form of a report covers 
twenty pages in the Proceedings and carefully records all of- 
ficial acts and generally leaves with the reader a fair impres- 
sion of conditions within the jurisdiction of Louisiana. After 
the opening remarks the Grand High Priest opened the sec- 
tion on Necrology with this truism — 

"Death is our familiar but unbidden guest. It opens the gate 
of eternity, and reveals to us and our loved ones the mystery of 
immortality, and as we count our blessings of the past year, we 
must not lose sight of the Mandate that hangs over every mortal 
head, ever remembering that Man that is born of Woman is bound 
to die, he cometh forth like a flower and is cut down." 

He feelingly referred to the deaths of Past Grand Chaplain, 
W. S. Slack, Past Grand High Priest, Rudolph Krause, and the 
Grand Lecturer, J. A. Taylor, all of whom passed away since 
the last Convocation. 

Under the caption "State of the Order", M. Ex. Comp. 
Woods reports Royal Arch Masonry as in an exceedingly 
healthy condition with peace and harmony prevailing through- 
out the jurisdiction. 

Numerous dispensations were granted, one, however, was 
declined. This request covered the desire of a chapter to con- 
fer degrees in other than the domicile of a chartered chapter 
on a Sunday afternoon. The refusal is based on the require- 
ment that the degrees could only be conferred in a chartered 
chapter. To our surprise no mention is made of the fact that 


the meeting was proposed for a Sunday. This alone in Can- 
ada would be sufficient reason for refusing a dispensation. 

Full coverage is given to the Grand High Priest's visita- 
tions all of which appeared to result in both profit and pleasure. 

The address closes with a comment on war conditions and 
glowing tribute to the Grand Secretary. From an eloquent 
report on Necrology we quote a beautiful thought poetically 
expressed — 

"Ah memory, how true that on life's devious way, 
Both place and time are subject to thy sway, 
Thy silver drops like falling dew, 
So oft' recall the beautiful, the good, the true." 

"And oft' is life, like music's softest strain, 
Quick set to words of sad refrain, 
Gay tones vibrate, and softer tones respond, 
Till mellow paens swell in far beyond." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer is brief in the extreme. 
It may be summed up as follows : receipts, $9,209.87 ; disburse- 
ments, $7,802.87, with investments totalling some $10,700.00. 

Lee W. Harris, the Grand Secretary, presents a comprehen- 
sive report, the main feature of which, however, is the steady 
growth of the Order in Louisiana since 1942. The net gain 
in 1944 was 629 members. Congratulations on a very fine 
year's work. 

Past Grand High Priest, John S. Burgess, acting for Grand 
Chapter, presented a beautiful watch to the retiring Grand 
High Priest, Gordon C. Woods. There should be legislation 
against printing such reports in Grand Chapter Proceedings 
as it creates envy among those of us who acquired our rank 
in jurisdictions that are not as generous to their retiring 
leaders as is the Grand Chapter of Louisiana. 

New Orleans was selected as the next place of meeting. 
Lee W. Harris is the chairman of the Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence. Forty-one jurisdictions are reviewed, and we 
are happy to note that Canada is among the favored. We do 
not know the name of the member of the Committee review- 
ing our jurisdiction, but appreciate very much the kindly refer- 
ence and the complete report on our 1944 Convocation. Liberal 
space is given to note and comment on our Grand Z.'s address, 
also to our last Review which appears to have met with favor. 


We are grateful for the verbal bouquet and trust that we may 
continue to merit approval. Many thanks for a splendid 

The newly elected Grand High Priest, George W. Farr, was 
regularly installed into office at a Special Convocation under 
the auspices of Washington Chapter. The other officers were 
likewise installed at special meetings of their respective con- 
stituent chapters, this being necessary due to the cancellation 
of the Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

The Annual Convention of the Order of High Priesthood 
was held on December 18, 1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. John W. Armstrong is our representative in 
Louisiana, while R. Ex. Comp. Charles A. Seager, D.D., repre- 
sents Louisiana in Canada. 


Roger L. Higgins — Grand High Priest. 
Convers E. Leach — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twentieth Annual was held in 
Portland, May 1st, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Higgins presiding. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests and forty-three Grand Repre- 
sentatives were in attendance. We note with pleasure the 
presence of Canada's Grand Representative, John G. Faas. 

Among the visitors received was M. Ex. Comp. W. W. Wil- 
liamson, Grand Scribe E., of the Grand Chapter of Quebec. 

The annual address of the Grand High Priest provides in- 
teresting reading and furnishes a clear-cut report on the year's 
work. Opening his remarks with a few words of sincere wel- 
come M. Ex. Comp. Higgins has this to say about the war — 

'•The dark cloud of war which has cast its shadow over the 
whole world for the past three and a half years, is breaking, and 
the light of peace shining through brings hope to humanity. What 
share Masonry has taken in this war, the world will never know, 
nor will it ever be the privilege of any man to record, for we as 
Masons never herald our virtues nor proclaim our deeds." 

Referring to the Fraternal Dead the Grand High Priest 
speaks of the "All Devouring Scythe of Time" and pays grace- 
ful tribute to those who have "gone before." 


Under the caption of "Condition of the Craft", he speaks 
optimistically of the future and comments on the increase in 
membership, better work and more enthusiasm. He, however, 
is concerned over a few chapters which were chartered in pros- 
perous times in certain localities, but which today are suffer- 
ing from inertia, largely due to the fact that members with 
automobiles are now brought within easy reach of larger 
towns and cities and who prefer to attend the larger and more 
active chapters of these centres. For these chapters he sug- 
gests consolidation with larger and more prosperous units. Dis- 
pensations were few in number and without interest other 
than to the chapter involved. 

Visitations apparently came in for a generous share of the 
Grand High Priest's time, as all but five chapters were indi- 
vidually visited. Among the changes in Grand Representa- 
tives, we note that these affected our Sister Provinces of Nova 
Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba. 

After a complimentary reference to the Past and Present 
Grand Officers, M. Ex. Comp. Higgins, concludes a very inspir- 
ing address with these words — 

"I do not intend to consider my debt to this Grand Chapter can- 
celled' upon retiring from this office and shall ever be ready and 
willing to do all that lies in my power to promote its welfare and 
prosperity in the future." 

The reports of the Deputy Grand High Priest and other 
senior officers relate visits to the various chapters where hos- 
pitality and good-fellowship appeared to abound. At least, one 
would judge these visits to have been most enjoyable with an 
appealing reference to turkey dinners, banquets and entertain- 

In reading the report of the Grand Treasurer, one is im- 
pressed by the fact that receipts are far in excess of disburse- 
ments. A Charity Fund of $11,440.00 and sound investments 
totalling $52,647.00, leaves little doubt in our mind as to the 
solvency of Grand Chapter. 

Convers E. Leach, Grand Secretary, reports exaltations of 
777, which is, we believe, an all-time high. The net increase 
in membership being 577. May we tender hearty congratu- 


From John C. Arnold's "Memorial" to the memory of Fred 
Lee Gardner, we quote the following — 

"What good I see, humbly I seek to do, 
Aud live obedient to Law, in trust 
That what will come, and must come, shall 
Come Well." 

Henry R. Gillies, as Fraternal Correspondent, again pre- 
sents "Reviews" well up to his usual high standard. In his 
"Foreword" he refers to M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow's loss 
of rank and title in the Scottish Rite due to running foul of 
that body through having published in the Reviews of the 
Grand Lodge of Missouri matters to which our Scottish Rite 
brethren took exception. We know little about the conflict 
but we should suggest that Comp. Denslow has now so many 
titles in the various branches of Masonry that the punishment 
meted out by the Scottish Rite really should cause him little 
concern. Apparently the "Rite" has attempted to usurp some 
of the authority, power and functions of Grand Lodge. But 
let Comp. Gillies tell it in his own words — 

"The general issue involved is a real challenge of the supremacy 
of Grand Lodges in the assumption that there is an aristocracy in 
Masonry which can control their policies. This challenge is a re- 
pudiation of the ideal! s under which organized Masonry was 
founded as a democratic institution with all members equal." 

Turning to the Review of Canada, we find full coverage. 
Nothing of interest appears to have been overlooked. Gener- 
ous space is devoted to excerpts from our Grand Z.'s address, 
and reports of other officers and committees. The Review con- 
cludes with a friendly reference to our last Review from the 
"Foreword" of which a liberal quotation is made. Thanks, 
Comp. Gillies, for a splendid Review, the reading of which 
proved both interesting and enjoyable. 

At the conclusion of the election of officers, Reginald F. 
Berry was declared and installed as Grand High Priest. Con- 
vers E. Leach, again fills the important administrative position 
of Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on May 2, 1945. 

Canada's representative in Maine is John G. Faas, while 
E. A. Cook is honored to represent Maine near our Grand 



J. V. Dillabough— Grand Z. 

T. Sellar Cook— Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-Second Annual Convocation was held in Win- 
nipeg, February 14, 1945. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dillabough opened Grand Chapter in Ample 
Form, after which M. Ex. Comp. Frank E. Simmons intro- 
duced distinguished visitors from the Grand Chapters of Al- 
berta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minne- 
sota. The assembly sang one verse of the National Anthem 
followed by a verse of the Star Spangled Banner in honor of 
the American visitors. 

The Most Worshipful the Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge being in attendance, M. Ex. Comp. Lawrence retired 
and introduced Most Worshipful Bro. S. Burland. All of the 
visitors and the Grand Master were fittingly received with 
Grand Honours. 

A letter from Ray S. Jones, Grand H., was read. Owing 
to illness he was unable to attend and the Grand Scribe E. was 
instructed to send a wire to him tendering best wishes for a 
speedy recovery. After reviewing a great number of American 
Jurisdictions with their Grand High Priests, and other to us, 
unusual titles, it seems like coming home to this Correspond- 
ent to again find himself in a jurisdiction officered by Com- 
panions with the familiar titles of Grand Z., Grand Scribe E., 

Manitoba is indeed fortunate in having eleven Past Grand 
First Principals, all active and in attendance. In our jurisdic- 
tion we are limited to five, but what we lack in numbers we 
make up for in activity. 

The address > of M. Ex. Comp. Dillabough is a masterpiece 
in that it not only gives full coverage to all events of import- 
ance and to his official acts, but leaves his Companions many 
serious thoughts based on lofty ideals and pregnant with 
worth-while suggestions. We quote the first paragraph — 

"Our beloved Order has withstood the ravages ef time down 
through countless ages simply because it stands upon the solid 
foundation of a firm belief in the reality of the Fatherhod of God 
and the Brotherhood of Man. Upon this foundation it has erected 
a structure of the purest democracy, an organization that can 
never become a dictatorship, for the reason that those who govern 
are elected by those who are governed and to whom an account- 
ing must be rendered at regular stated intervals." 


Under Necrology the Grand Z. pays eloquent tribute to 
the Fraternal Dead with special reference to a number of out- 
standing Craftsmen, including R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, 
the Grand Second Principal of our Grand Chapter. Need we 
say that we more than appreciate his eugalistic comment on 
Comp. Monteith, whose passing brought great sorrow to the 
members of our Grand Body. 

In speaking of membership we are glad to note that M. Ex. 
Comp. Dillabough emphasizes the fact that Ancient Free 
Masonry consists of three Craft degrees and the Holy Royal 
Arch. This is sadly overlooked by many Master Masons who 
seem to think that they have reached the pinnacle of the Craft 
when they receive the Master Mason's degree. They pay but 
little heed to the fact that the completion of the Ancient Craft 
is found in the Holy Royal Arch alone. 

Chapter visits were many, and evidently fruitful of the 
desired results. We are particularly interested in the Grand 
Z.'s generous comment on his visit to the Mother Grand Chap- 
ter, held in London, Ontario. May we take this opportunity 
of assuring him that we were more than delighted to have 
him with us, and sincerely trust that the pilgrimage to what 
he terms, the benevolent old mother, may be established as an 
annual event. 

Dispensations were purely routine and were not numerous. 
The address contains a substantial list of appointments to the 
corps of Grand Representatives. 

We read with interest and appreciation M. Ex. Comp. Dilla- 
bough's scholarly dissertation on world conditions, would that 
we could reproduce this in its entirety, as we believe every 
Mason should read this literary treat. 

We quote a few excerpts taken at random from this section 
of the address — 

"A world bitter with hate, red with blood and hollow with 

"To the same high purpose the flower of our youth have dedi 
cated their lives and everything they hold dear, with the same 
unselfish devotion, born of their undying love of freedom, as did 
their fathers a generation ago." 

"The blood a hero sire has spent 
Still nerves a hero son." 


"Burt not all will return to name and loved ones. These are 
they, who, in the words of an ancient Greek epitaph: 
"By wrapping round themselves the dusky cloak of death 
Have clothed their country with a great renown." 

This beautifully phrased address concludes with Josiah 
Gilbert Holland's age-worn poem — 

"God give us men! A time like this demands 
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and willing hands; 
Men whom the lust of office does not kill ; 
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; 
Men who possess opinions, and a will; 
Men who have honor, men w T ho will not lie; 
Men who can stand before a demagogue 
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking; 
Tall men, suntanned men, men who rise above the fog 
In public duty and in private thinking." 

Comment on Manitoba's fiscal affairs as seen from a perusal 
of the Grand Treasurer's report, may be summed up in the 
words, sound investments and a carefully managed budget 
with a satisfying increase in membership. 

M. Ex. Comp. Brownell presented a most impressive report 
on the Fraternal Dead. We quote a true story from this re- 
port indicative of one man's firm belief in continuous life — 

"My friend, a clergyman, one day received a telephone request 
from a stranger to conduct the funeral of his son, a young m>an 
about twenty years of age. Next day, on arriving at the chapel 
at the appointed hour, the minister was astonished to find that 
the only one present was the boy's father. My friend said} he 
conducted the last rites as best he could under the unusual and 
pathetic circumstances. At the conclusion of the service, the gray- 
haired father rose from his seat, walked past the casket with firm 
tread, and glancing at the face of the boy, he waved his hand in 
farewell, and said, 'Good-bye, Joe. I'll see you in the morning." 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the three dis- 
tricts are well written and indicate that interest, enthusiasm 
and optimism abounds throughout the jurisdiction. A com- 
mittee was appointed to consider the advisability of shorten- 
ing the installation ceremony. 

Our very good friend, M. Ex. Comp. Cecil J. Hutchings, 
writes the report on Fraternal Correspondence and does so in 
a very unique manner. In a few well chosen words he covers 
an extensive territory of Capitular events. He writes in an 
informative style free of banalities and the pessimistic cant, 
that so many correspondents have adopted for some years 
past. He quotes liberally from the Proceedings of a number 


of Grand Chapters, including our own, for which we tender 
our appreciation. We congratulate M. Ex. Comp. Hutchings 
on a very entertaining Review. 

Following the election of officers R. S. Jones was declared 
Grand Z., while the very efficient T. Sellar Cook continues in 
the important position of Grand Scribe E. 

Our jurisdiction is honored in having M. Ex. Comp. F. W. 
Brownell as Grand Representative in Manitoba, while R. Ex. 
Comp. R. H. Reid, plays a similar role for Manitoba near our 
Grand Chapter. 


Edgar S. Hubbert — Grand High Priest. 
Charles H. Welden — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Seventh Annual Convocation 
held in Baltimore, December 12, 1944. 

Grand Chapter was opened in full form by M. Ex. Comp. 
Hubbert, with prayer by the Acting Grand Chaplain. The 
presiding officer had the support of eleven Past Grand High 
Priests of the jurisdiction. 

Distinguished visitors were numerous and hailed from 
many Grand Chapters and associate bodies. Connecticut, New 
Jersey, Delaware, District of Columbia, North Carolina, Penn- 
sylvania and Ohio were all well represented. The Grand Mas- 
ter of Grand Council, Grand Commander and Inspector-Gen- 
eral of the Scottish Rite were also among those present as also 
was Daniel Hope, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mary- 
land. It is needless to say that this impressive array of high 
ranking Craftsmen was received with true southern hospi- 

The address of the Grand High Priest was inspirational 
and leaves with the reader many lofty thoughts and a perfect 
picture of the year's work. Opening with a gracious welcome 
to all in attendance he quotes these lines — 

"No deed of love and goodness ever dies; 
In the lives of others it multiplies." 

His reference to those who have passed away during the 
year is sympathetic and dignified. He enumerates his appoint- 
ments and records his dispensations. These latter are not 


numerous and deal only with administrative matters. Visita- 
tions are not overlooked. He lists the Chapters visited and 
graphically describes his visits to other bodies and jurisdic- 

M. Ex. Comp. Hubbert writes on the "Condition of the 
Craft" in an optimistic manner and seems well pleased with 
the increase in interest generally manifested. After paying a 
glowing tribute to his officers he closed a magnificent address 
with a dissertation on the serious phase of Masonry. But here 
are his own words — 

"The thoughts of men are being widened with the process of the 
sun and if Capitular Masonry is to be a contributing factor to the 
betterment of the world it will do its part only as it sees and exem- 
plifies the beauty of Holiness in thought, word and deed. It is our 
business to erect a Temple, not in the future, but here and now. 
The ruins of past efforts are all around us. The quarries of truth 
and good living are yet untouched. Tis ours to work and bring 
stones fit for the builder's use until there shall stand a Temple 
that ishall bear upon its outer gateway and inner furnishings the 
sacred words, •Holiness to the Lord', nothing less will do; nothing 
less will please the Great Architect of the Universe. Nothing less 
will satisfy us. Hence Capitular Masonry will contribute its part 
. in the bringing of the Kingdom of God." 

A perusal of the Grand Treasurer's report impresses one 
with the thought that the fiscal affairs of Grand Chapter are 
well managed and in an exceedingly healthy condition. Re- 
ceipts $8,630.00, disbursements $5,066.63, with investments 
of $7,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report indicates a very satisfactory 
increase in membership, which is something we have grown 
to expect as the trend in Royal Arch Masonry is generally 
towards gains rather than the losses which characterized most 
Grand Chapters for some years past. 

It is worthy of note that at this Convocation forty Sister 
Jurisdictions were represented by their regularly accredited 
Grand Representatives. Gerald M. Pine answered the roll-call 
for Canada. 

From the report of the Committee on the "Doings of Grand 
Officers" we note that the Grand High Priest's address is re- 
ferred to as a "dignified, concise and devout account of his 
activities". To which description this Correspondent heartily 

An innovation in the Proceedings is a complete Honor Roll 
of all members serving in the armed forces of the U.S.A. 


A resolution was passed appointing a committee to aid in 
launching the so-called "York Rite Plan" of securing petitions 
in co-operation with the Royal and Select Masters and the 
Knights Templar. We are not quite clear as to just what this 
means, but if it is an attempt to secure petitions which em- 
brace the Capitular Craft and the other two organizations, we 
are doubtful as to the wisdom of the move. While securing 
members it appears to us that the Royal Arch is merely being 
used as a stepping stone to the alleged higher degrees. Per- 
haps we are not progressive enough, but we are sure that 
Canadians would not take kindly to such a system in our juris- 
diction, where, we believe, our only tie-up should be with the 
fountain head of all Masonry, the Craft Lodge. Pardon this 
lengthy comment. 

The report on "Fraternal Correspondence" is again the pro- 
duct of the versatile pen of D. Ross Vansant, Jr. His foreword 
is bright and cheery and written in a decidedly optimistic 
strain. This, by the way, is Comp. Vansant's seventh Review 
and he now rates as a veteran of the Round Table. 

Upon turning to Canada we find alas, that for the third con- 
secutive year we have failed to find a seat among those re- 
viewed. We hesitate to accuse our good friend, Comp. Van- 
sant with deliberately omitting Canada. It has not been done 
with malice aforethought, but the fact remains that we are 
still standing on the wrong side of the door. Seriously speak- 
ing, we are disappointed, but know that the fault must be 
ours, either through failure to furnish our Proceedings in time 
for inclusion or for some other reason beyond our comprehen- 
sion. We have, as usual, enjoyed Comp. Vansant's report and 
Reviews and look forward hopefully to 1946 when Canada 
may merit recognition. Congratulations on a most interest- 
ing Review. 

Following the election of officers John C. Weiss was de- 
clared elected and duly installed Grand High Priest .Charles 
H. Welden continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is ably represented in Maryland by Gerald M. Pine, 
while Frank K. Ebbitt is Maryland's representative in Canada. 



Basil M. Parsons — Grand High Priest. 
Raymond T. Sewall — Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation held in Boston, March 7, 1944, with 
M. Ex. Comp. Parsons on the throne. After the opening exer- 
cises, prayer by the Grand Chaplain and the singing of 
"America" Grand Chapter was declared "Open in Ample 

Thirty-nine Grand Chapters were represented by their 
Grand Representatives. After greeting the delegates present 
M. Ex. Comp. Parsons spoke hopefully of the future and re- 
marked upon the increased interest and activity among the 
constitutent chapters. He also spoke to some length on the 
satisfying results obtained through the publishing of a book- 
let entitled, "The Fourth Step". He referred to its educational 
value and quoted the following — 

"Until we had portable light 
Men's feet were chained at fall of night; 
Until we had the printed page 
Men"s minds were shackled from Age to Age. 
In a war- torn world through printer's ink 
The Bridge of Time welds a priceless link; 
Here pictures have a value unique 
They a universal language speak." 

A timely note was sounded by the Grand High Priest with 
respect to "Suspensions". He warns against perfunctory ac- 
tion in dealing with delinquents and suggests personal inter- 
views with the view of redeeming a Companion who is in ar- 
rears. Many a good member is lost who otherwise could be 
saved by remitting his back dues and bringing him into good 
standing. All of which is only too true. 

Referring to the need for Masonic unity M. Ex. Comp. 
Parsons does not approve the proposal to change the name of 
the ancient "York Rite". He states that originally the York 
Rite had reference only to the Craft Lodge and the Royal Arch 
Chapter, but added that other branches were embraced in the 
United States version of York Rite. To this he agrees but sees 
no advantage in changing the name which, after all, is useful 
to differentiate between our system and that of the Scottish 

Quarterly held June 13, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Parsons 
presiding. This meeting was largely devoted to administra- 


tive matters and concludes with a sterling address by the 
Grand High Priest on the subject of membership. 

Quarterly, held September 12th, M. Ex. Comp. Parsons in 
the Chair. From a splendid review of conditions under the 
caption of 'The Purple Banner", the Grand High Priest leaves 
many worth-while thoughts. We quote a line or two, the sen- 
timent of which we heartily endorse — 

"The Blue Lodge is our solid foundation and we are in duty 
bound to give it our respect, loyalty and untiring devotion. The 
Chapter, as we have often stated heretofore, is the summit of An- 
cient Craft Masonry. There are no other two Masonic bodies 
which have so much in common as the Lodge and the Chapter. 
They both have similar history and similar traditions. We, as 
Royal Arch Masons, should always work for our Blue Lodge when 
called upon to do so and the Blue Lodges, in turn, should assist in 
the further Masonic education of their members by calling on us 
to explain the great history, and the great traditions of the Royal 

The One Hundred and Forty-Sixth Annual Convocation 
was held in Boston December 12, 1944. At this Convocation 
Massachusetts followed its somewhat unique custom of exem- 
plification of the different degrees by the officers of Grand 
Chapter. We see much value in this plan which is similar to 
our Chapters of instruction. Not only do the companions of 
Massachusetts exemplify the degrees but by a system of inter- 
rogation the details of the various degrees are fully explained, 
all of which should be helpful in bringing about the much-to- 
be-desired uniformity of work. 

Forty-One Grand Representatives and six Past Grand High 
Priests were in attendance. 

According to the Grand Treasurer's report finances are on 
a sound basis. Receipts $18,393.00, expenditures $13,905.00 
with invested funds of $86,355.00, clearly indicate that finances 
are carefully managed. 

Membership figures indicate, that compared with recent 
years, 1944 proved a banner year. Despite this, Grand Chap- 
ter records a loss in membership. The encouraging feature, 
however, is that the loss is insignificant compared to 1943, and 
we predict that the 1945 report will indicate that Massachu- 
setts has made a gain and thereby joins the great majority 
of jurisdictions who are moving progressively onward. 

Distinguished visitors at this Annual Convocation included 
delegations from New Jersey, New Hampshire, Quebec, Maine, 


Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and not over- 
looking our own Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, 
representing the Grand Chapter of Canada. The Scottish Rite, 
Knights Templar, Grand Council and the Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts concludes the roster of hon- 
ored guests, all of whom were received with that warmth and 
good-fellowship so characteristic of our Companions of Massa- 

The annual address of the Grand High Priest proved to be 
a concise, dignified and entertaining narrative of the year's 
activities. After a sincere welcome M. Ex. Comp. Parsons 
spoke at some length on war conditions and its effect on 
Masonry. Referring again to the booklet, "The Fourth Step", 
he predicted that the coming year would be one of marked 
success Masonically. 

From a feeling reference to the Fraternal Dead we quote 
the following — 

""Death is a part of life, like evening is a part of the day, like 
autumn is a part of the year, like the closing chapter is a part of 
the entire book. The sky is not complete without the evening star. 
The journey is not made without the end." 

A beautiful thought eloquently expressed. 

Dispensations numbered 179 and all dealt with administra- 
tive and constitutional matters. Visitations were many and 
are fully covered in the address. The Order of High Priest- 
hood came in for a commentary to the effect that in his opinion 
every High Priest should be associated with this body, which 
he states, has many advantages. M. Ex. Comp. Parsons con- 
cludes an inspirational address with these words urging the 
spirit of enthusiasm — 

"You have shown conclusively that enthusiasm is actually faith 
in action; and faith and initiative rightly combined will remove 
mountainous barriers and achieve the unheard of and miraculous 
Enthusiasm tramples over prejudice and opposition, spurns inac- 
tion, and like an avalanche, overwhelms and engulfs all obstacles. 
Keep up this enthusiasm for even greater opportunities lie ahead 
of you." 

The elections resulted in Basil M. Parsons being unanimous- 
ly re-elected Grand High Priest, with Raymond T. Sewall con- 
tinuing in the office of Grand Secretary. 

Canada's representative in Massachusetts is Herman W. 
Bethe, while Archibald J. Stringer holds the commission of 
Massachusetts near our Grand Chapter. 



Robert W. Crust— Grand High Priest. 
John H. Anderson — Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-Third Annual Convocation held in St. Paul, 
October 10, 1944. 

Grand Chapter opened in Ample Form, after which the 
National Colors and the Union Jack were presented by a color 
guard of Rights Templar. We are happy to note the inclusion 
of the Union Jack. In Canada we always place Old Glory with 
the Flag of our country. Minnesota is to be congratulated 
on the attendance of eleven Past Grand High Priests. In Can- 
ada the Grim Reaper has been most active and the number 
of our past rulers has been sadly deciminated. 

Many guests were present representing the Grand Chap- 
ters of Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. General Grand 
Chapter, the Knights Templar, Grand Council and Grand Lodge 
were also represented by a distinguished array of highly- 
placed officers. All were extended a fraternal greeting and 
honors suitable to their rank in the Craft. Twenty-nine Juris- 
dictions were represented by their duly accredited Grand Rep- 
sentatives, Comp. Jensen doing the honors for Canada. 

M. Ex. Comp. Crust delivered a stirring address, one well 
worth reading, containing as it does many worth-while obser- 
vations on world-wide conditions and much illuminative matter 
on the affairs of Minnesota. From his preface we take this 
excerpt — 

"Through the ages, men cf similar ideas and teachings have 
banded themselves together to assist, and in many cases, lead in 
movements to bring about conditions which make for happiness, 
contentment, peace on earth and good will toward all mankind. Our 
obligations impress the objectives on our minds and require that 
we devote our strength, influence, ability and life, if need be, to 
promote this peace, love for fellow man and unity among ourselves 
anc? nations in order that this world may be a better place in 
which to live." 

The Grand High Priest expressed his regret that due to 
travel restrictions he had been forced to abandon his pro- 
gramme of extensive visitations. He optimistically states that 
attendance has generally increased and a greater interest pre- 
vails. He predicts a period of growth and substantial gain as 
a result of renewed enthusiasm and fraternalism. Many 
changes were made among the Corps of Grand Representa- 


tives, resulting in a large number of new appointments, all of 
which are enumerated in the address. 

Under .the caption of Armed Forces, he refers to officers 
of Grand Chapter who are serving in the Army and Navy. 
Among his recommendations is one to set aside a sum of 
money to carry out the plan of District Schools of Instruction. 
We have found this system to work admirably in Canada 
where we refer to them as Chapters of Instruction. 

Thanking the Grand Secretary and the other officers for 
their co-operation, M. Ex. Comp. Crust brings to a close a 
really fine address. 

The Grand Treasurer reports a balanced budget and invest- 
ments in U.S. Bonds with a par value of $24,000.00. 

In line with the cheering report of the Grand Treasurer, 
we find from a perusal of the Grand Secretary's report that 
Minnesota enjoyed a splendid year culminating in a net gain 
of 410 members. We cannot let the opportunity pass to con- 
gratulate Minnesota on a very successful year. 

From the report of the Grand Lecturer we cull the f ollowng 
timely comment from the Grand Master of Illinois, who said, 
"Of course, it has always seemed to me that every Mason 
should also be a Royal Arch Mason. Because, after all, you 
know that Masonry is a progressive moral science divided into 
different degrees." 

The Grand Chaplain delivered a most impressive address on 
conditions in a changing world. Would that space permitted 
us to quote this epic in its entirety, but we are forced to con- 
tent ourselves with a brief quotation from his closing remarks : 

"Under the flag of our free land, our Order has prospered; and 
for this let us be profoundly grateful. But eternal vigilance is 
still the price of liberty. The cross, the flag, and the Masonic 
Order, will stand or fall together." 

The report on Appeals and Grievances established a record 
for brevity, the committee simply report no matters to act 
upon so they assume that Peace and Harmony must prevail. 

While Minnesota appoints a committee on Foreign Corre- 
spondence we fail to locate a report on this rather important 
phase of our work. 


Edward W. Nystrom was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, John W. Anderson continues in office as Grand Secre- 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is ably represented in Minnesota by J. Arthur Jen- 
sen, while the veteran Oliver Elwood keeps a watchful eye on 
Minnesota's interests in Canada. 


Frank E. Van Demark — Grand High Priest. 
Luther T. Hauberg — Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-Fifth Convocation held in Missoula, on June 9, 
1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Van Demark in the Chair. Grand 
Chapter was welcomed to Missoula by Judge Arnold on behalf 
of the municipality. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests and thirty-six Grand Rep- 
resentatives were present. We note with interest that Can- 
ada's representative was among those answering the roll-call. 

Ray V. Denslow, General Grand High Priest, being in at- 
tendance, the Grand High Priest sent a delegation out to es- 
cort and introduce him. On his entrance he was warmly wel- 
comed and accorded Grand Honours. 

The address of the Grand High Priest, while not lengthy, 
was nevertheless sufficiently comprehensive to give full cover- 
age to his official acts. Well written, free from unnecessary 
verbiage he narrates the work of the past twelve months in 
readable form. From his introductory remarks the following 
is taken — 

"In the midst of death and destruction such as no generation in 
recorded history has even witnessed, it is with unmeasured grati- 
tude that I am able to point to a year of quiet progress in which 
our behoved institution has pursued the even tenor of its way." 

After a brief but sympathetic reference to the Fraternal 
Dead he speaks of the need for a replacement of Grand Chap- 
ter's rituals, with which he is not entirely satisfied. He lists 
his appointments and dispensations. There is nothing among 
these that warrants comment by this Correspondent, as they 
all deal with purely domestic matters. Visitations were numer- 


ous and both pleasant and profitable. M. Ex. Comp. Van De- 
mark brings his address to a close with the following quota- 
tion — 

"Happy is the man ithat findeth wisdom, 
And the man that getteth understanding, for the merchandise of 

it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof 

than fine gold. 
The Lord of wisdom hath founded the earth, 
By understanding hath he established the heavens, 
By His knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop 

down the dew." 

According to the Grand Treasurer's report fiscal affairs 
appear on a sound basis, and apparently carefully managed. 
Investments in U.S. War Bonds amount to $4,000.00, with in- 
vestments in Masonic Home of $5,000.00 and a like amount in 
the Memorial Educational Fund. 

From the records of the Grand Secretary we learn that 
Montana has advanced from the loss to the gain column in 
membership on which we tender congratulations. With very 
few exceptions the trend throughout the realm of Capitular 
Masonry is on the upgrade. 

From an eloquent report by the Committee on Distribution, 
we struck the following — 

"Good men are striving to uphold the world and make the earth 
wholesome because they are observant of the divine law of Truth, 
and through personal courage equal to their best ideals, industry 
and vigilance, their contributions have added light to the sky of 
the aims and purposes of Christian and Fraternal institutions." 

Claude J. McAllister prefaces his reviews by a most inter- 
esting dissertation on the "Lamps of Royal Arch Masonry". 
He has named these "Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Obedi- 
ence, Memory and Life. Each is dealt with in scholarly fashion 
and provides most interesting reading. Lofty ideals, sane 
ideas, and thoughts with a great uplift best describes our opin- 
ion of his contribution to the cause of good Masonry. 

Turning to his Reviews we find Comp. McAllister again 
presents not the usual type of Review but "something differ- 
ent". He selects from the Proceedings of other Grand Chap- 
ters items of interest including salient points as to member- 
ship, with here and there reference to an address or report, but 
all in condensed form, no doubt with the object of conservation 
of paper. We have enjoyed his Reviews, but must take him 
to task for omitting again any reference to Canada. Naturally, 


we are disappointed, but attribute the cause to failure in re- 
ceiving our Proceedings. We trust this may be rectified next 
year and our Grand Chapter accorded a place among those 

John Sydney Carkeet was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, Luther T. Hauberg continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on June 9. 

Our representative in Montana is H. T. Cumming, while 
Charles F. Powers is privileged to represent Montana in 


William T. Poucher — Grand High Priest. 
Lewis E. Smith — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Omaha, 
December 6, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Poucher presiding. After 
the Invocation by the Grand Chaplain a host of distinguished 
guests were received. Delegations from the Grand Chapters 
of Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, together with representa- 
tives of General Grand Chapter, the Grand Council, Knights 
Templar, Scottish Rite and the M. Wor. the Grand Master of 
the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, were officially welcomed and 
received with honors befitting their rank in Masonry. 

We, in Canada, cast envious eyes upon the array of Past 
Grand High Priests who were in attendance, nineteen in all, 
some of them dating back nearly forty years. What a marked 
contrast to our Jurisdiction where we can muster four or five. 
Time has not dealt kindly with us, as most of our past rulers 
have crossed the Great Divide. Forty-one Grand Representa- 
tives faced the altar to respond for their respective Grand 
Chapters. Canada being well represented by John N. McCune. 

Prefacing the Grand High Priest's carefully prepared ad- 
dress we find this poetic gem — 

"Our life as a dream, 
Our time as a stream 
Glides swiftly away 
And the fugitive moment refuses to stay." 

The address proper is topographically arranged which al- 
ways makes for easy reading. He gives a candid account of 
his year's stewardship in pleasing language, and unlike many 


such addresses, it is impregnated with thoughtful suggestions 
and recommendations. After a most friendly welcome to those 
present he speaks of the year as prosperous and modestly 
gives full credit for the achievements of the past twelve 
months to others. 

Under "Necrology" he sympathetically refers to the 
lamented death of Deputy Grand High Priest Paul A. Wilcox, 
who was called to the Celestial Realms during the past year. 
He pays glowing tribute to the great worth of Comp. Wilcox, 
whose passing brought deep sorrow to his associates of Grand 
Chapter. He also feelingly referred to the death of Past Grand 
High Priest, N. S. McLean, who will be greatly missed. Dur- 
ing the past forty years the deceased Past Grand High Priest 
had been faithful in attendance failing but once in that lengthy 

Grand High Priest Poucher lists his appointments and dis- 
pensations. There is nothing among the latter that prompts 
comment. His visitations were numerous, and according to 
his report, most enjoyable. He refers to the fact that many 
Chapters depend to too great an extent on one or more of their 
Past High Priests, and suggested that the burden be eased on 
these veterans by the younger men of the Chapter. This Cor- 
respondent's observation on this thought is that the "old 
guard" are not too anxious to lay aside their working tools, 
and any attempt to force them onto the sidelines is likely to 
give offence and be resented. We, in Canada, encourage our 
Chapters to keep these old experienced Craftsmen interested 
and active. 

A number of recommendations appear in the address, one 
to give the Grand High Priest authority to authorize a chapter 
to transfer it's meeting to other than it's own quarters, of 
course, within it's own district or jurisdiction. This was ap- 
proved by the Committee on Jurisprudence, with the rider that 
the transfer may only be to a Masonic Lodge Room. This ap- 
pears to us as quite logical. We are intensely interested in a 
recommendation to reinstate the printing of "Reviews". 
Economy forced a discontinuance of this practice some years 
ago, but M. Ex. Comp. Poucher feels that the printing of 
Fraternal Correspondence should be again adopted. 

This very interesting address concludes with the custom- 
ary commentary on the fine work of the officers and an ex- 


pression of thanks for the splendid co-operation of the Grand 

The Grand Treasurer reports receipts of $4,262.00 and 
expenditures of $3,631.00, with cash on hand of $4,725.00, and 
investments of $7,280.00. 

Nebraska, through the Grand Secretary, informs us that 
a~net gain of 347 in membership is the result of the year's 

From the Masonic Home Committees' report it is illuminat- 
ing to note that the capital investment is $251,755.00, with an 
Endowment Fund of $167,797.00. The Home is taking care 
of it's guests at an annual cost of $52,390.00. Truly the 
Masonic Fraternity of Nebraska have just reason to be proud 
of this great humanitarian work. From far distant Canada 
we tender hearty applause, silent but sincere. 

Nile O. Walther, Past Grand High Priest, presented the 
report on Correspondence, and as he was limited to but four 
pages, his Review of other Grand Chapters naturally was 
sketchy in the extreme. Nevertheless, we congratulate him 
on making the most of a difficult situation. He quotes from 
a number of jurisdictions, speaks hopefully of the future and 
refers briefly to the movement to change the York Rite to the 
American Rite. We are forced to challenge one statement he 
makes when he says, that the evolution of the Capitular, Cryp- 
tic and Templar degrees as being largely American. We have 
no quarrel with the statement as far as the Cryptic Rite and 
Templarism is concerned, but in the Capitular system we 
should say that the Holy Royal Arch and Mark Master Mason 
degrees have come down to us through the ringing grooves of 
time and definitely are inherited by us from early English 
Masonry. Even today the Royal Arch is part of symbolic 
Masonry and follows the third degree in that system, while 
the Mark Master is still continued as a separate Masonic en- 
tity. The Most Excellent Master and Past Master's degrees 
are definitely American. The Past Master's degree has long 
since been discarded in Canada, although the Most Excellent 
degree is continued simply to avoid placing our members in 
an embarrassing position, but we feel rather strongly on the 
subject of our American friends seeking to change the ancient 
York Rite to the all-embracing title of "American Rite." 


We have enjoyed your Reviews, Comp. Walther, and trust 
that you may be given more space next year. 

James W. Gillette was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest. Lewis E. Smith continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

John N. McCune represents our Grand Chapter in Ne- 
braska, while William S. M. Enouy is Nebraska's representa- 
tive in Canada. 


Charles A. Alexander — First Grand Principal. 
Roy E. Crawford — Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Convocation held in Moncton, 
June 22, 1944. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by M. Ex. Comp. 
Alexander, after which distinguished guests were admitted. 
These included a delegation from the Grand Chapter of Nova 
Scotia. After a civic welcome had been tendered by the mayor 
of the city the Grand Z. delivered his annual address. 

After a few appropriate words of greeting M. Ex. Comp. 
Alexander paid tribute to the Fraternal Dead. He also listed 
his appointments and dispensations, these latter contain noth- 
ing of particular interest to other than the Chapters effected. 
Visitations were few in number. Referring to the present 
Ritual which was adopted in 1931 he said that adherence to 
this Ritual was not enforced. He appointed a special commit- 
tee to deal with the matter and expected that decisive action 
would be taken to control the question of Ritual. He recom- 
mended that the First Principal of each chapter cause to be 
read in open chapter, the address of the Grand Z. and the re- 
port of the District Grand Superintendent. He further recom- 
mended that the Constitution be amended to require a member 
of a chapter to be a member in good standing of a Craft Lodge. 
With a word of thanks for the co-operation received from the 
members of Grand Chapter M. Ex. Comp. Alexander concludes 
his valedictory. 

The Grand Treasurer reports assets of $4,107.00, of which 
amount $3,000.00 are municipal and other bonds. 


The Grand Scribe E. records an increase in membership, 
which brings New Brunswick in line with the majority of 
Grand Jurisdictions in which an advance in membership is the 

From the report of the Executive Committee it is noted 
that the matter of affiliation with the General Grand Chapter 
of the United States was tabled without action being taken. 

The roll-call of Grand Representatives resulted in fourteen 
representatives being presented and welcomed at the Altar. 
Our representative appears to be among those failing to re- 

A resolution to enforce the use of the present Ritual was 
passed unanimously, as also was a motion to include a prayer 
for the opening and closing Ritual of Grand Chapter. 

The reports of the three Grand Superintendents are illumi- 
nating and give a clear cut picture of conditions throughout 
the Jurisdiction. We quote the following extract from the 
report of W. J. Gillis of District No. 3— 

"This institution of Masonry is, or should be, a democracy. To- 
day all over the world many lives are being sacrificed to uphold 
and retain democratic principles and we would be unworthy of 
these privileges and remiss in our duty if we fail to make Masonry 
a model in our community by demonstrating to all how men of 
good-will, though at times holding different opinions, can be gov- 
erned by the expressed desire of the majority and work together 
with conscientious effort and co-operation toward that end." 

The election of officers resulted in Charles A. Alexander 
being re-elected Grand Z. while Roy E. Crawford continues as 
Grand Scribe E. 

Edgar W. Mair is the representative of our Grand Chapter 
in New Brunswick, while John W. Plewes performs a similar 
duty near our Grand Chapter for New Brunswick. 


Charles M. Dale — Grand High Priest. 
J. Melvin Dresser — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Annual Convocation 
held in Concord, May 15, 1945. 

Grand Chapter opened in due form with prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain, after which the patriotic exercises of salut- 
ing the Flag were observed. 

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Seven Past Grand High Priests were in attendance, while 
twenty-three Grand Jurisdictions were represented by their 
Grand Representatives, all of whom were officially greeted. 

The address of the Grand High Priest gives a clear, concise 
and dignified report on his year's, work. He prefaced his re- 
marks with a warm fraternal welcome to all present. Refer- 
ence is made to world conditions and in referring to the prob- 
lem of establishing a global-peace he has this to say — 

"The teachings of our Order afford the only road to security and 
peace. Any other formula will utterly fail to cure the woes of the 
world, as has been demonstrated by the innumerable and futile 
conferences and leagues throughout our hisitory. Any other set- 
tlement will prove but an armed truce." 

Eloquent tribute is paid to those who have preceded us into 
the "shimmering colonnades of Paradise", after which the 
Grand Chaplain offered prayer. 

Visitations and other official acts are given full coverage. 
It is interesting to note that among the dispensations granted 
was one to permit a chapter to hold a semi-public joint installa- 
tion with a Council of Royal and Select Masters. This is 
something that is quite foreign to Canadians, where either 
semi-public or joint installations with other bodies excepting 
a Royal Arch Chapter, are positively prohibited. 

In reference to the condition of the Order, the Grand High 
Priest speaks hopefully that the favorable conditions now ex- 
isting, may continue in the years to come. The address con- 
cludes with words of praise and appreciation for the Grand 
Secretary and other Grand Officers. 

Ex. Comp. Frederic E. Small cited the fact that for the 
first time in the history of Grand Chapter the presiding officer 
was also the Chief Executive of the State. We quote a few 
lines from his graceful tribute, also one verse of a beautiful 
poem quoted by him — 

"While it is fitting that we show reverence for the dead by the 
gift of flowers, I believe it to be better to show our appreciation 
of the living in a more practical manner, while they can appreci- 
ate the fragrance of our gratitude." 

"I would rather have one little rose 
From the garden of a friend, 
Than to have the choicest flowers 
When my stay on earth must end." 


From the report of the Grand Secretary it is worthy of 
note that New Hampshire records a satisfying gain in mem- 
bership and that finances appear in a healthy condition. 

The report on "Correspondence" is brief in the extreme, 
Raymond B. Lakeman contenting himself with merely stating 
that there has been no requests for recognition by foreign 
Grand Chapters. 

At this juncture M. Wor. Bro. H. H. Hart — Grand Master 
of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, addressed the as- 

Following the election of officers Walter T. Winch was de- 
clared and installed as Grand High Priest. J. Melvin Dresser 
was re-elected Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood met in annual convention 
at the close of Grand Chapter. 

Canada is represented in New Hampshire by Alfred H. 
White while New Hampshire is represented near our Grand 
Chapter by N. M. Sprague. 


Thomas H. Steed — Grand High Priest. 
Charles D. McCracken — Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Trenton, 
May 10, 1944. 

Following the patriotic exercises of saluting the Flag, and 
after a most impressive prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the 
ceremony of opening Grand Chapter by the Grand High Priest 
was completed. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests graced the proceedings by 
their attendance. 

Distinguished guests were many and not only represented 
neighbouring Grand Chapters, but also the various branches 
of our Order. Visitors hailed from the Grand Chapters of 
Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, District of Columbia, Rhode 
Island, Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania. The Grand 
Council, Grand Commandery, Scottish Rite, and General Grand 
Chapter, furnished a goody delegation, while in the place of 
honor we find M. Wor. Bro. John S. Caie, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of New Jersey, who was attended by a numerous 


retinue of his Past Grand Masters and Officers. It is surely- 
unnecessary to say all were received with a warm fraternal 
greeting and accorded Grand Honors. 

We quote an extract from the prayer of R. Ex. Comp. 
Joseph E. Walsh, Grand Chaplain — 

"We deplore that fact that it is seemingly necessary that the 
brightest and keenest creative minds and most highly developed 
scientific genius need be devoted to the development of implements 
of destruction rather than construction. We are sorry that there 
is so much hatred and selfishness abroad and the world is in such 
a chaotic state." 

The address of the Grand High Priest proves most inter- 
esting and we admire the masterly manner in which he deals 
with the various subjects covered in his remarks. From an 
eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead we quote Sir Albert 
Pike's words — 

"What we do for ourselves alone dies with us; but what we do 
for others and the world remains and is immortal." 

After a brief reference to his appointments and dispen- 
sations, which, by the way, were not numerous, M. Ex. Comp. 
Steed speaks of his visitations which were greatly curtailed 
due to travel restrictions. He pays glowing tribute to his Past 
Grand High Priests and officers for their splendid co-operation 
during his tenure of office. This very fine address concludes 
with these words — 

"The greater our effort the greater our reward will be, in the 
satisfaction of a duty well done. We have a great mission to 
fulfill and grave responsibilities have been placed upon us. That 
is the challenge that is now before us." 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates a healthy condition 
with receipts of $9,732.00 and investments of $13,295.00. 

The Grand Secretary records a net loss in membership of 
122 companions. This is definitely out of line with the popular 
trend, but we must remember we are reviewing Proceedings 
for 1943-44 and have every reason to believe that these condi- 
tions will have altered for the better when reports of the cur- 
rent year are received. 

We congratulate New Jersey on it's generous support of 
the American Red Cross. Fifty-one Chapters combined to 
donate $2,647.00 which amount was used for the purchase of 
an ambulance which was presented to officials of the Red Cross 
during the session of Grand Chapter. 


From the report on Necrology we take a few poetic gems— 

"Death's but a path that must be trod, 
If man would ever pass to God." 

"Now let their souls on wings sublime, 
Rise from the vanities of time 
Draw back the parting veil, and see 
The glories of eternity." 

A resolution to adopt a Royal Arch funeral service was 
declined by Grand Chapter. We agree with this as in our 
opinion a Masonic funeral is definitely a Craft Lodge function. 

The Capitular Review is again the product of M. Ex. Comp. 
George W. Kite and as usual his Foreword is interesting. 
Straight from the shoulder Comp. Kite strikes out at those 
who have allowed their enthusiasm to wane and who seek 
to place the responsibility on lack of leadership. But let him 
tell it in his own words — 

"Is faulty leadership your shifting of responsibility? Can you 
lead? Then either lead or help the leader. Does lack of confi- 
dence in self tie you from trying? Then why not try rousing 
the slumbering Chief? If a Rip Van Winkle, let him dream 
and have a part in placing in control a man who lives and thinks 
and acts as God intended men to do. 

"Remember, Companions, you are Capitular Masonry. As you 
and the others of the Craft live, so exists your Order. Cast off 
fear. Only the craven die more than once. Do not retard. Push 
and progress. Die not of desuetude. Work, fight and pray for 
the Royal Arch. It is you. You are it. Be worthy of our Noble 
Order. You owe a debt. Pay it." 

We heartily endorse Comp. Kite's comments and agree that 
the individual has a personal duty to perform and without 
individual co-operation the most active and efficient leadership 
must surely fail. 

New Jersey still segregates Chapters other than those of 
the United States. While we have no quarrel with this, indeed 
we are proud to be associated with the other Empire Grand 
Chapters, we nevertheless are of the opinion that our New 
Jersey friends overlook the fact that we are taught that 
Masonry knows no bounds and Masonically we are a world-wide 
Brotherhood in which all are equal. 

As usual Canada is generously reviewed by Comp. Kite in 
his own inimitable style. Nothing of import seems to have 
been overlooked. His comments are frank and friendly. We 
do appreciate his kindly reference to our last Review and assure 
him that it is always a pleasure to review New Jersey. We 


enjoy M. Ex. Comp. Kite's "Foreword" and find his Reviews 
most readable and refreshing. 

The election of officers resulted in Murray A. Chittick being 
installed as Grand High Priest. Charles D. McCracken con- 
tinues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

New Jersey is represented in Canada by the ever-faithful 
A. D. Mclntyre, while we are honoured in having as our repre- 
sentative Dr. Godfrey Pittis whose pilgrimages to our jurisdic- 
tion are much appreciated by a host of Canadian friends. 


John W. Hall— Grand High Priest. 

A. A. Keen — Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-Eighth Annual Convocation held in Albuquer- 
que, May 14, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Hall officiating. 

Seven Past Grand High Priests were in attendance as were 
fifteen Grand Representatives. Ex. Comp. William L. Ranville 
answered the call for Canada. All were received with appro- 
priate words of greeting by the Grand High Priest. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Hall proves to be a very in- 
teresting compilation of facts and figures indicative of the pro- 
gress made during the past year. His comments on the clos- 
ing hours of the struggle in Europe, are timely and leave with 
the reader many worth-while thoughts. We are constrained 
to quote an excerpt or two from this splendid dissertation on 
world affairs — 

"These people who have lived to see the bonds of tyranny lifted 
know once more the joy of freedom. They can now realize the 
glorious feeling of speaking as they wish, attending the churches 
of their faith and, after years in hiding, the emblems of the Square 
and Compasses, the Keystone and the Cross can again be worn on 
the lapels of men without fear of extermination. Children can see 
smiles on the faces of parents who have had no reason to smile: 
slowly the ravages of fear have been wiped from the hearts of 
men and women, and where before they have left the brutality of 
the iron whip of the dictators, they now feel the kindly helpful- 
ness of a democracy whose goal is to liberate and not to subjugate." 

"Let us hope that the time is not too far distant when our breth- 
ren across the way may again draw designs upon the Trestleboard 
and the Last Stone again seated in the arch; when the sound of 
the gavel and the tread of the candidates can be heard as those 
age-old lessons are unfolded, signifying anew that freedom is at 
hand and Masonry is on the march. Yes, that will be a happy 
day for our European brothers." 


Referring to conditions in the Jurisdiction, the Grand High 
Priest speaks enthusiastically of the future and leaves the 
reader with the thought that Royal Arch Masonry is definitely 
on the up-grade. 

In -his sympathetic reference to the Fraternal Dead he 
speaks of the great loss through the lamented deaths of Past 
Grand High Priests Franklin P. Kilburn and the Grand Prin- 
cipal Sojourner, Melvin R. Chapin, both of whom passed be- 
yond the veils since the last Convocation. 

It is interesting to note that in February he visited a dor- 
mant chapter and succeeded in bringing it back to life. In 
April he again visited this Chapter and was happy to find that 
under new officers 26 candidates were in waiting. This proves 
conclusively that it can be done with officers who are active 
and interested. After a glowing tribute to the work and co- 
operation of Grand Secretary Keen, M. Ex. Comp. Hall con- 
cludes an inspiring address with these all to true words — 

"The field is ripe for the harvest, the opportunities are all around 
about us, it is up to you and me to make the most of them." 

The Grand Treasurer's report tells us that receipts amount- 
ed to $2,962.00, with expenses of $2,912.00. New Mexico also 
has a Masonic Home Fund of $27,207.00, and a total financial 
worth of $30,134.00, all of which is most creditable for a juris- 
diction of only 1,423 members. 

The Grand Secretary reports a net gain of 125 members. 
May we tender our felicitations on a splendid year's work. 

Rueben Perry, one of the veteran correspondents, presents 
his fifteenth report and Review, as usual it is splendidly writ- 
ten in his own inimitable style, and provides reading of an 
entertaining character. But let us see what he has to say 
about Canada, here our 1944 Convocation is reviewed in neigh- 
bourly style, full coverage is given to our Grand Z.'s address 
and other pertinent matters. He suggests that Royal Arch 
Masonry appears prosperous in our jurisdiction and has a 
kindly word for the efforts of this Correspondent. We note 
his query regarding the Order of High Priesthood and are 
happy to supply the answer. This Order does exist in Canada, 
but it is not compulsory for our chapter rulers to take this 
Order. In fact it is separate and distinct from Grand Chapter 
and, while many of our Past Z.'s (High Priests) belong, we are 


sorry to say that the great majority have displayed no interest 
in the High Priesthood. 

Robert W. Dennard was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest. The very efficient Alpheus A. Keen again assumes 
the position of Grand Secretary. 

Frank A. Copus, an outstanding Canadian Craftsman, rep- 
resents New Mexico near our Grand Chapter, while William 
L. Ranville is our faithful representative in New Mexico. 


Earl C. McCulloch — Grand High Priest. 
Carl G. Wilhelms — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Eighth Annual Convocation 
held in Albany February 6, 1945. 

The Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form with prayer 
at the Altar by Grand Chaplain, Charles D. Broughton. The 
Flag of the United States was presented with appropriate cere- 

Fourteen Past rulers of Grand Chapter were present to 
lend support to the Grand High Priest. 

It is noticeable that among the formalities eliminated were 
the reception of visitors and the calling of the roll of Grand 
Representatives. In explanation it is noted that this is in 
conf ormtiy with government restrictions relative to rail travel 
and hotel accommodation. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. McCulloch may well be classed 
as an epic. It is at once inspirational, eloquent and illumina- 
tive, proving very definitely that the Grand High Priest has 
been richly endowed with all the qualities so essential to good 
leadership. After a few words of welcome he refers to the 
revival of interest in Royal Arch Masonry, which he terms 
as something closely approaching the miraculous. 

He pays tribute to the memory of those whose deaths have 
been recorded during the year and speaks sorrewfully of the 
passing of three Past Grand High Priests. It is with deep 
regret that we learn of the demise of M. Ex. Comp. George 
Rosendale, who was well-known and beloved among the Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Canada. This Correspondent 
is shocked to learn of the death of M. Ex. Comp. George Briggs, 


who for many years was outstanding among his fellow-crafts- 
men as the Foreign Correspondent of New York. His loss will 
be shared by correspondents everywhere throughout the 
Capitular realm where he was honoured, respected and ad- 
mired. Truly the passing of M. Ex. Comp. Briggs removes 
one of the brightest gems in the diadem of Royal Arch 
Masonry, "Requiescant, in Pace". 

The Grand High Priest recommended an appropriation of 
$1,440.00 for charitable purposes. Dispensations were numer- 
ous and all dealt with purely administration matters. 

We read with interest that six High Priests were elected 
and installed but were disqualified from presiding over their 
respective chapters as they failed to take the Order of High 
Priesthood. This is foreign to procedure in Canada where 
membership in the High Priesthood is not obligatory. 

Visitations were many, and from the detailed report of 
each, apparently both interesting and instructive. Among his 
visitations to other jurisdictions we note his reference to his 
visit to our Grand Chapter. May we say, we were proud and 
happy to have him with us. 

New York has established an Annual Royal Arch Sunday. 
The attendance in October last was close to two hundred. 

The Grand High Priest refers to the 'Tuberculosis Relief 
Fund" of Grand Chapter. The Royal Craft of New York are 
engaged in a noble undertaking which commands our respect 
and admiration. 

Voluntary contributions for the year totalled $2,650.00. 
M. Ex. Comp. McCulloch brings to a close a sterling address 
with a few well-chosen words of commendation for the splen- 
did service rendered by his officers and Past Grand High 

The Grand Treasurer's report is impressive and establishes 
beyond a peradventure the fact that finances are on a sound 
basis. Receipts in excess of disbursements with cash in bank 
of $27,725.00, a permanent fund of $198,393.00 and a Tuber- 
culosis Fund of $126,354.00, making a total worth of $352,- 

The Grand Secretary reports a heavy increase in interest, 
attendance and membership. 


The beautiful "Memorial to the Dead", by Rev. Charles D. 
Broughton, attracts our attention. Brief, eloquent and im- 
pregnated with lofty thoughts, expresses our opinion of this 
report. We quote one verse from this eloquent memorial — 

"Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life; 
Grant us that way to know, 
That truth to keep, that life to win, 
Whose joys eternal flow." 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence is from the pen 
of M. Ex. Comp. Charles J. Wells who assumes the mantle 
laid aside by that well-beloved correspondent, George E. 
Briggs. We welcome Comp. Wells to the "Round Table" and 
receive him as a worthy successor to a brilliant writer. 

His "Foreword" is interesting and concludes with these 
timely words — 

"Lengthy lists of Companions serving in the Armed Forces of 
the Allies, with heavy casualty lists, sadden our hearts and make 
us realize the price that we must pay for freedom, democracy, and 
the opportunity to hasten the day of the brotherhood of man and 
the fatherhood of God. We scrutinize our puny efforts as we pray, 

"Dear Lord, lest I continue my complacent way, 
Help me to remember, somewhere out there, 
A man died for me today. 

As long as there be war; I then must ask and answer, 
Am I worth dying for?" 

And now what has our new friend to say with respect to 
Canada. Our 1944 Convocation is carefully reviewed with ex- 
cerpts from our Grand Z.'s address and quotations from our 
several reports. He concludes with these words — 

"It was a pleasure to ramble through the alphabet with M. Ex. 
Comp. George L. Gardiner, P.G.Z., as he reviewed the high-lights 
of world-wide Royal Arch Masonry." 

Thanks for your kindly reference, M. Excellent Sir. May 
we tender sincere congratulations on your first Review. 

Lewis L. Palmitier was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest, while that indispensable man, Carl G. Wilhelms, to use 
the words of M. Ex. Comp. McCulloch, was re-elected and in- 
vested as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on February 7, 

Canada is worthily represented by Clifford A. McDonald, 
while our Immediate Past Grand Z., John M. Burden has the 
honor to represent New York near our Grand Jurisdiction. 



S. J. Bradbury — Grand First Principal. 
F. R. Sinden— Grand Scribe E. 

The Supreme Grand Chapter holds quarterly meetings in 
Sydney in the months of February, May, August and Novem- 
ber, with a special meeting in December for Installation of 

It is quite some time since we have been privileged to re- 
view the jurisdiction of New South Wales, but having received 
the 1941-1942 and 1943 Proceedings in one parcel, we are going 
to attempt to deal with all three in one review. 

Grand Representatives in New South Wales appear to take 
their responsibilities seriously and answer the roll-call in good- 
ly numbers. Canada is fortunate, indeed, in having such a 
faithful representative as M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Mathews. 

Visitors, quite naturally, are confined to distinguished 
Craftsmen from the neighbouring Grand Chapters of Queens- 
land and Western Australia. M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Mathews 
retired from the office of Grand First Principal at the Special 
Convocation held on December 9th, 1941 being succeeded by 
the present Ruling Principal, M. Ex. Comp. S. J. Bradbury. 

The Quarterly reports of M. Ex. Comp. Mathews are most 
interesting and we quote this homily from the closing lines of 
his February address — 

"During this quarter a great deal of quiet development of the 
sincerity of our professions has taken place. I feel that the 
symbolism of the Royal Arch Degree is deeply appreciated by uor 
companions and is exerting a profound influence in our midst." 

The 1941 Proceedings contain references to dispensations, 
visitations, the reports of the various committees, appoint- 
ments and a tribute to the Fraternal Dead. The vexed ques- 
tion of jurisdiction appears from time to time in the 1941 
Proceedings. It appears that while the Grand Chapter of 
Scotland recognizes the Grand Chapter of New South Wales, 
it absolutely refuses to cease the formation of new chapters 
in the territory over which New South Wales claims sovereign- 
ty. No doubt an amicable settlement will finally be reached. 
We take an excerpt from the retiring Grand First Principal's 
valedictory — 


"The worth of Masonry, especially of Royal Arch Masonry, con- 
sists in its emotional aspect. Unless Masonry is to us something 
that cannot be described, unless it is something that can only be 
felt, we have yet to experience its proper place in our lives. If 
Masonry loses its soul it will be only because we did not properly 
appreciate it, because we used high-sounding words to boast of 
its virtues instead of seeking those virtues, of finding them and 
of being stirred to action by the feelings engendered in us by 

We extract a line or two from M. Ex. Comp. Bradbury's 
address after having been installed in office — 

"Having our origin from the Supreme Grand Chapter of Eng- 
land 52 years ago, we to-day stand and always have stood upon a 
very solid foundation. By Jiving up to the great trandtions of our 
Mother Grand Chapter we can assuredly look to the future with 
the utmost confidence, at the same time never failing to look up 
to Him, the Great Helper, for comfort, guidance and support." 

New South Wales is well served by the Committee on Fra- 
ternal Correspondence. We have thoroughly enjoyed the Re- 
views of the 27 Jurisdictions, including Canada. It is sug- 
gested that one of our early Reviews contains a paragraph in 
the "Foreword" which the Committee considers "somewhat 
depressing". May we say that at the time this 'Foreword" 
was written the Capitular world was facing a somewhat gloomy 
outlook due, of course, to war conditions, but times have 
changed, we have stepped from the shadows of doubt, appre- 
hension and fear into the God-given sunlight of better days. 
Pessimism rides the outward tide, while optimism is now in 
the ascendency and we suggest that our friends in New South 
Wales will find by a perusal of our more recent Reviews that 
we no longer write with a feeling of restraint and are happy 
to record an era of revival and rejuvenation that at once dis- 
pells the gloom and points the way to a great advance in 
Masonry and a challenge to the fraternity, as a whole, to pre- 
pare to make the most of our opportunities that we may ascend 
to greater heights of useful endeavour. We congratulate the 
Committee and express our appreciation of a splendid Review 
of Canada in the 1941 Proceedings. 

A perusal of 1942 Proceedings indicate that M. Ex. Comp. 
Bradbury's quarterly addresses were largely made up of re- 
ports on visitations, appointments, dispensations and other 
routine matters. We find here and there words of wisdom and 
sage advice. We quote the following — 


"If Freemasonry is such a force as we all believe it to be, then 
something great — something characteristic of and in keeping with 
our noble teachings and principles — should emerge from it. In 
this changing world we, as Freemasons, are faced with the great- 
est trial in our history, but at the same time presented with an 
opportunity to prove to all mankind that our Order is not merely 
a name, but a real and living force." 

Twenty-one Grand Chapters were reviewed by the Com- 
mittee on Correspondence for the year 1942. We regret to 
note the absence of Canada, but presume that our Proceedings 
failed to reach the Committee in time for inclusion. We have, 
however, enjoyed reading Reviews of the other jurisdictions. 

The 1943 Proceedings follows, to a very great extent, the 
pattern of the preceding year. A motion, of which notice had 
been given, lapsed as the sponsor was not present. The pro- 
posed motion, however, is of interest as it is intended to pro- 
hibit any Companion from holding the office of Grand First 
Principal for a longer period than three years. The only ex- 
ception being the Governor-General of Australia or the Gover- 
nor of the State. In Canada there is no such limit, but the 
custom is for the Grand Z. to retire from office at the end of 
two years. We note that the above-mentioned motion was 
presented at the November Quarterly but failed to find favour 
and was defeated. 

Letters of apology for non-attendance are recorded in the 
Proceedings and speaks well for the interest of the members 
who, being unable to attend, feel sufficiently beholden to Grand 
Chapter to tender their apologies by letter. In Canada and 
the United States this act of courtesy is seldom observed. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bradbury, having been re-elected Grand Z., 
was duly installed into office at a Special Convocation in De- 
cember 1943. From his address on that occasion we quote a 
line or two — 

"The dedication of new Chapters and the making of new mem- 
bers represent progress, but progress also depends upon our teach- 
ings permeating the civic and domestic lives of not only ourselves 
but of those around us. Therefore, we should always aim to bring 
to our hearts and minds the desire for the fulfilment in a practical 
way of all that is taught us in the Golden Rule of Life, then, and 
then only, can we say that we are satisfied with our work." 

The Committee on Fraternal Correspondence deals most 
generously with Canada in the 1943 Review. Full coverage is 
given to our 1943 Convocation with lengthy extracts from our 


Grand Z.'s address and also from the report on Capitular 
Masonry. Many thanks, Companions, for your kindly refer- 

Canada is honored in being represented in New South 
Wales by M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Mathews, while New South Wales 
has as its representative near our Grand Chapter one of Can- 
ada's most brilliant and outstanding Craftsmen, M. Ex. Comp. 
R. B. Dargavel. 


J. Edward Allen — Grand High Priest. 
William R. Smith — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Second Convocation was held 
in Rocky Mount on May 9, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Allen pre- 

Nine Past Grand High Priests and thirty-three Grand Rep- 
resentatives were present and officially welcomed. 

Among the visitors we note the presence of the Grand 
Master of the Grand Council, Grand Commander, Knights 
Templar and representatives from the Grand Chapters of Vir- 
ginia and Maryland. 

Through the medium of his annual address, M. Ex. Comp. 
Allen gave a full account of his year's stewardship. After a 
brief greeting to all present the Grand High Priest enumerated 
his visitations and from his detailed report we should say that 
he has been most diligent in contacting his companions 
throughout the Jurisdiction. Appointments and changes 
among the Grand Representatives are recorded. M. Ex. Comp. 
Allen was not asked for any decisions, dispensations or rulings. 

The Grand High Priest referred to a most unusual condi- 
tion existing among a number of Chapters who, through in- 
difference or some other equally unworthy cause, will not 
accept candidates, with the result that a brother seeking fur- 
ther light cannot become a Royal Arch Mason, as the Chapter 
in the locality where he resides, and which has the territorial 
rights, are not accepting candidates. The Grand High Priest 
recommends that the Constitution be amended and the Grand 
High Priest empowered to revoke the territorial restrictions 
by granting concurrent jurisdiction to the next nearest Chap- 
ter. This recommendation was fully endorsed and upheld by 


the Committee on Jurisprudence. Truly this is the strangest 
case that has come to the notice of this Correspondent in many- 
years of Masonic work. 

Reference is made to the Grand Secretary, William R. 
Smith, whose recovery after two months of illness, is noted 
with pleasure and satisfaction. 

The active competition for membership provided by the 
Scottish Rite is cause for serious reflection. M. Ex. Comp. 
Allen strikes out bravely at the lethargic condition existing in 
many Chapters, which results in turning candidates away 
from the Royal Arch only to be accepted by the Scottish Rite. 
May we interject a comment to the effect that this is a very 
serious problem. Both branches of Masonry have much to 
offer in the way of enlightenment, but if one is active and 
energetic and the other indifferent and complacent, one will 
progress and prosper while the other will suffer and decline. 
It seems to us that Grand Chapter should re-sell its member- 
ship on the value of the Royal Arch and unless the members 
place a proper valuation on Capitular Masonry it is hardly 
likely that they will go out of their way to interest others. 
Pardon this lengthy aside. 

A distinguish Service Medal is recommended to be awarded 
to two Companions each year for meritorious service to Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

The address concludes with a word of commendation for all 
who assisted during the year, and a plea for a continuance of 
the support and co-operation accorded the Grand High Priest 
for his successor in office. 

A balanced budget and $26,000.00 investment in War Bonds 
are the high-lights of the Grand Treasurer's report, while a 
substantial gain in membership is the bright-spot in the Grand 
Secretary's record. This increase, by the way, is the first in 
sixteen years. May we add our congratulations. 

We take this poetic effusion from the Report on Necrology : 

"We do not sigh when golden skies have donned 

The purple shadows and the gray of night, 
Because we know the morning lies beyond, 

And we must wait a little while for light. 
So when, grown weary with the care and strife, 

Our loved ones find in sleep the peace they crave 
We should not weep, but learn to count this life 

A prelude to the one beyond the grave." 


North Carolina has an established Loan Fund operated by 
Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter, which is used to assist young 
people in acquiring a higher education. From the report sub- 
mitted it would appear that the committee in charge are ren- 
dering a splendid service. 

We note with some amusement, the report of the Commit- 
tee on Grievances and Appeals, which consists of the follow- 
ing laconic statement. No appeals — no grievances. 

The Capitular Review is from the gifted pen of M. Ex. 
Comp. J. Edward Allen, and we find much to interest us in a 
perusal of his message. He deals with world conditions, asks 
questions as to what will be the relations between America 
and Russia, and asks what part Rome will have in the future, 
and proceeds to answer his own questions in a most entertain- 
ing manner.- He deals with Freemasonry and pays glowing 
tribute to the late Dr. Saliba, whose Masonic activities will be 
sorely missed. We quote a line or two from his comment on 
the war — 

"Germany has capitulated, V-E day has come, and we are very 
much awake to the all pervading" fact that the end of this war is 
nowhere in sight. Seven million fanatical Japanese soldiers are 
an understandable negation of any sense of security after the Ger- 
man debacle; twelve thousand miles of ocean and land to cross to 
get to the Japanese enemy are ample witness to the stupendous 
task ahead of us. We are facing the grim fact that the next era 
will see Russia and these United States dominating between them 
the whole world — and what a picture that is." 

We agree with all he says about Russia and the United 
States, and while recognizing to the full the power and in- 
fluence of these countries, we are constrained to say that he 
must not entirely discount the might of that bulwark of de- 
mocracy, Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations, 
sometimes referred to as the British Empire. Comp. Allen 
further states, Freemasonry has a tremendous stake in this 
matter, it may mean the extinction of Freemasonry. We should 
like to interject the remark, that so long, and just so long as 
Great Britain and the United States stand back to back, facing 
a common foe, we need have no fear of the fall of democracy, 
which would naturally result in the elimination of Masonry 
and kindred social orders. 

We regret lack of space forbids more liberal extracts from 
Comp. Allen's splendid Review, we must, however, find space 
to quote his concluding paragraph — 


"And thus we would remind our Royal Arch readers of the con- 
tribution of our Craft to a valid philosophy of life to the need for 
holding fast to the verities which are eternal, of the danger of 
emphasizing trivilities, of the need for listening for the Bells of 
Is no matter what change the New Era may bring, that we may 
lose no message from all the inescapable verities." 

Congratulations, Most Excellent Sir, on a Review that has 
a distinct literary value. 

Following the elections, W. N. Harper was elected and in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. W. R. Smith, the power behind 
the throne in North Carolina, continues as Grand Secretary. 

Canada's representative in North Carolina is W. G. Bandy, 
Owing to the lamented death of Frank G. McLean the com- 
mission of North Carolina in Canada is for the time being open. 


H. F. Sipprell— Grand High Priest. 
H. S. Theakston — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Fifth Annual Convocation held in Halifax, 
June 13, 1944, was opened in Ample Form, followed by prayer 
by the Grand Chaplain. Eight Past Grand High Priests were 
in attendance. Seventeen Sister Jurisdictions were represent- 
ed by their duly qualified Grand Representatives. M. Ex. 
Comp. Wright responded for our Grand Chapter. 

Our own Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, being 
present, was warmly welcomed and accorded Grand Honours, 
as also was M. Wor. Bro. W. T. Powers, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. 

The Grand High Priest's address was a thoughtfully pre- 
pared summary of the year's work. His visitations were 
numerous and apparently interesting and instructive. He re- 
ferred fittingly to the Fraternal Dead with a special reference 
to the great loss sustained by the death of R. Ex. Comp. J. McG. 
Rutherford, who for five years had faithfully fulfilled the 
duties of Grand Secretary. We extend our sympathy to our 
companions of Nova Scotia in the passing of this outstanding 
craftsman. The Grand High Priest's dispensations were few 
in number and dealt solely with administrative matters. He 
spoke of the success of the Rededication Service and also in- 
formed Grand Chapter, that the Travelling Triangle had com- 
pleted its journey and was now returned to the custody of 
Grand Chapter. 


In commemoration of the late Joseph Conway Brown— 
who was the founder of the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia, a 
medalion is to be prepared and presented to Royal Arch 
Masons for meritorious service to the Craft. The Grand High 
Priest expressed his approval and appointed a committee to 
make suitable arrangements. This Correspondent is much im- 
pressed with M. Ex. Comp. Sipprell's comments on "Masonic 
Labour". We quote a few lines which are indeed timely — 

"In one of our Chapters last fall, the Grand High Priest heard 
an English Companion, a Corporal in the Royal Air Force, say, 
while addressing the Chapter, that the goal should be, 'Not more 
men into Masonry, but more Masonry into men'. A succinctly 
stated truth that should be borne in mind during these days when 
candidates are knocking loudly upon our doors. Surely it is not 
mere coincidence that our most happy and enthusiastic Chapters 
are those that have found some definite interest in their communi- 
ties to which they are enthusiastically directing their best efforts: 
the relief of suffering and distress is a truly Masonic labour, and 
the satisfaction attained therein are among the most gratifying 
of wages and rewards." 

With a serious thought as to the need for care in the selec- 
tion of our material the Grand High Priest closes an excellent 

The reports of the Superintendents are well written, inter- 
esting and convey to the reader the thought that the Royal 
Craft is progressing favorably in the ancient and historic 
Province of Nova Scotia. 

The report on deceased members is beautifully worded and 
most impressive. We quote the following from this report — 

"When on my day of life the night is falling, 
And in the winds from unsunned spaces blown, 
I hear far voices out of darkness calling 
My feet to paths unknown. 

"There from the music round me stealing, 
I fain would learn the new holy song, 
And find at last, beneath thy trees of healing, 
The life for which I long." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates that finances 
are on a comfortable basis and well handled. From the Grand 
Secretary's report, we learn that Nova Scotia records a very 
nice increase in membership. 


The report on the "Condition of the Order" establishes 
beyond a peradventnre, that the Royal Craft is alive and ex- 
tremely active, and we particularly note the splendid work of 
Renown Chapter in connection with the "Polio" ward in the 
local hospital. This reads well and is an inspiration to others 
to establish a worthy objective. 

It is with more than passing interest that we note the 
recommendation of the "Committee on Ritual" with respect 
to the Past Master's degree. It is recommended that any 
undignified features be removed and the degree conferred in 
short form. May we say that Nova Scotia is the only Grand 
Chapter in Canada that still retains this degree in its Capitu- 
lar system. It is not used in England, Scotland or Ireland, 
but it is in use in some of the American jurisdictions. We 
feel very strongly that it has no place in Ancient Freemasonry. 
It is misunderstood, it is not uplifting and creates quite some 
confusion. We are happy to note that while Nova Scotia is not 
eliminating it entirely, nevertheless, has shortened the cere- 
mony and removed the opportunity for "horseplay". 

During the session M. Ex. Comp. Burden, from our Grand 
Chapter, was honored by being made an honorary life-member 
of Nova Scotia. This seems fitting as our distinguished Com- 
panion hails originally from the "blue-nose" country. 

At the banquet held in the evening, Comp. Burden ad- 
dressed the companions in his own inimitable manner. Would 
that space permitted generous extracts from this most elo- 
quent and pleasing address. 

The frontispiece of the Proceedings is an illustration of 
the principal officers of Grand Chapter. We note that they 
use the same regalia as other provinces, but still adhere to 
the American ritualistic system. 

M. Ex. Comp. H. F. Sipprell was re-elected Grand High 
Priest, while, as to be expected, H. S. Theakston continues in 
office as Grand Secretary. 

Our Jurisdiction is represented in Nova Scotia by Geo. S. 
Wright, while the commission of Nova Scotia, near our Grand 
Chapter, has been assumed by Clarence Pitts, our Grand Third 
Principal, who replaces our late lamented Grand Second Prin- 
cipal, R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith, who died during the past 



J. H. Moir — First Grand Principal. 
F. J. Rea — Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-Third Annual Convocation held in Auckland, 
March 23, 1945. 

Owing to the lamented death of the First Grand Principal, 
M. Ex. Comp. J. H. Moir, the Depute First Grand Principal, 
R. Ex. Comp. S. T. S. Martin, assumed the Chair and opened 
Grand Chapter in Ample Form and solemn prayer. After dis- 
posing of routine business the officers for the year were elected. 
The Grand H., R. Ex. Comp. William Reynolds, was unanimous- 
ly chosen as First Grand Principal. From the address of the 
Depute First Grand Principal we quote a few lines — 

"This should 1 draw from us warm expressions of gratitude to 
the Most High for blessings vouchsafed us and our fellow-citizens 
throughout the Dominion, especially when we try to visualize what 
would have happened had Japan attacked New Zealand and Aus- 
tralia instead of Pearl Harbour." 

R. Ex. Comp. Martin spoke feelingly of the great loss sus- 
tained by Grand Chapter through the sudden death of the 
First Grand Principal. He also gave an encouraging report 
on the conditions obtaining throughout the jurisdiction, and 
informed Grand Chapter that for the eighth consecutive year 
a healthy increase in membership was recorded. The address 
is beautifully worded and contains a message which applies 
with equal force to mankind the world over. We quote the 
following from his closing remarks — 

"We congratulate ourselves that scientifically, economically, and 
materially we have left our fathers far behind us, but we are 
deficient in their moral and spiritual learning, and consequently 
there is a weakening in the people's morale. Our moral fibre has 
been strained almost to Breaking point. Few men to-day are pre- 
pared to take a definite stand and say, 'That is right. And, what- 
ever the consequences, I stand for the right.' Men have lost their 
faith in God and in their fellow-men, and they are losing faith in 
themselves. Fidelity to God, fidelity to one's neighbour, and fidel- 
ity to one's self are the only true incentives to right action." 

Finances of the Grand Chapter of New Zealand appear to 
be on a sound basis with assets of approximately $31,000.00, 
of this amount about 50 per cent is represented by Government 


A number of Companions received "Honoris Causa" rank 
for meritorious service to the Royal Craft. 

New Zealand has established a "Jubilee Scholarship Fund' 
which has been created to assist in the education of children 
under the care of the Masonic Order. A most commendable 
undertaking and in keeping with our Masonic principles. 

From the report of M. Ex. Comp. R. W. McVilly, Grand 
Superintendent of Wellington District, we extract this grace- 
ful tribute to the memory of Col. J. H. Moir and Col. George 
Barclay, both of whom had occupied the Chair in Grand 

"Kindly, modest, unassuming gentlemen, distinguished soldiers, 
steadfast in their faith in God, loyal to King and Country, earnest 
and enthusiastic workers in the Masonic field, they have passed 
from us. We mourn, but we will remember them: — 

"Servants of God well done, 
Rest from thy loved employ, 
The battle fought, the vict'ry won, 
Enter thy Master's joy." 

Reference was made to the splendid service rendered by 
the Grand Scribe E., and a motion to express appreciation in a 
tangible manner was carried, and R. Ex. Comp. Rea's salary 
was materially increased, and as an added honor, the rank of 
Past First Grand Principal was conferred upon him. 

From the address of M. Ex. Comp. Reynolds, after his 
installation, we find the following of interest in his comments 
on rehabilitation — 

"This is surely a crusade worthy of all Royal Arch Freemasons. 

The wearing of the Insignia of our Institution, however exalted, 

the signification of the jewels may be, does not make a true Mason. 

It is the heart alone which provides the test, and from which flow 

the actions that bespeak the spirit of the Craft." 

Superlatives fail us in expressing our admiration for this 
splendid address which closes with this poetic thought — 

"If there be some weaker one, give me strength to help him on, 
If a blinder soul there be, let me guide him nearer Thee, 
Make my mortal dreams come true with the task I fain would do, 
Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant, 
Let me find in Thy employ Peace that dearer is than Joy." 

Canada is faithfully represented in New Zealand by J. H. 
Harkness, P.G.Z., while Dr. J. A. Evans is the able represen- 
tative of our Sister Dominion near our Grand Chapter. 



Edward M. Selby — Grand High Priest. 
Mont. C. Hambright — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Annual Convocation 
held in Columbus October 4th and 5th 1944. 

Grand Chapter was opened in due form with M. Ex. Comp. 
Selby on the throne. Fourteen Past Grand High Priests graced 
the Grand East. A tragic note was introduced by the annouce- 
ment that M. Ex. Comp. Henry Gruen was called home on ac- 
count of the news of the death of his son who was killed in 
action. May we tender our deepest sympathy to Comp. Gruen 
in the sad loss of his son. 

Many honored guests were received and warmly greeted 
with the usual honors. It is noted that among the visitors are 
included Lt.-Col. R. V. Conover, Grand Third Principal of our 
Grand Chapter, and delegates from Grand Chapters of Indiana, 
Michigan, New York and Virginia. Other branches of Masonry 
were duly represented, among these we find representatives 
of Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the Grand Lodge 
of Ohio. 

Following an eloquent address of welcome by Past Grand 
High Priest, Walter Taylor, on behalf of the municipality of 
Columbus, the Grand High Priest delivered his annual address. 
Forty-nine pages are necessary to accommodate M. Ex. Comp. 
Selby's somewhat lengthy but very complete and illuminative 
report on the year's activity. We quote the opening para- 
graph — 

"Royal Arch Masonry is the lineal deseendent of Ancient Craft 
Masonry which existed in the City of York at least a thousand 
years ago. From there it received many of its traditions which 
are today a fundamental part of Masonic law. One of these tradi- 
tions is its democratic form of government. The same conditions 
which made possible the rise of parliamentary government in Eng- 
land existed among ancient Freemasons, and they therefore de- 
veloped a system to regulate their craft, which closely resembled 
the political thought of their times; a system of authority, rele- 
gated by the representatives of a free people." 

M. Ex. Comp. Selby informed Grand Chapter that death 
had laid a heavy hand upon the ranks of the active members. 
Special reference is made to the passing of four Past Grand 
High Priests, which constitutes a serious loss to Ohio's Grand 
East. From a bulletin we note that the Grand High Priest 


has established twenty districts, each supervised by what is 
known as a district inspector. This, we believe, is similar to 
our Canadian districts where our district officer is known as 
Grand Superintendent. In a communication to officers of con- 
stituent chapters a suggestion is made that companions who 
expect to advance to the High Priest's chair should demon- 
strate their ability to open the chapter and confer one of the 
degrees. It is stressed that this is merely a suggestion and 
not a requirement. This appears somewhat strange, as in 
Canada, a newly elected First Principal, before being installed, 
must pass a board of examiners. He must be able to open 
and close his chapter demonstrate his ability to confer degrees 
and have a working knowledge of the Constitution of Grand 
Chapter and the By-laws of his own chapter. From M. Ex. 
Comp. Selby's comments on the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry we take these all-too-true words — 

"There is no particular merit in securing members or in work- 
ing degrees unless the result is an enlightened man and a loyal 
Royal Arch Mason." 

An increase in chapter attendance is also noted with in- 
terest. Visitations are duly listed, these not only include visits 
to chapters of the jurisdiction, but also those made to other 
branches of the Craft and Grand Bodies beyond the borders 
of Ohio. 

Dispensations are many, and while somewhat diversified, 
are merely routine. 

The Grand Master of Ohio having ruled that a Sunday 
meeting for any reason, under the auspices of Masonry is 
illegal, the Grand High Priest advises that although the Con- 
stitution of Grand Chapter is silent on this subject, he ruled 
that this decision of Grand Lodge also covers chapter ac- 

Ohio evidently have a Masonic Education programme 
similar to our educational plan here in Canada. We are always 
happy to note that Masonic Education is not being neglected 
as we believe this to be of paramount importance. 

This very comprehensive and enlightening address con- 
cludes with a word of praise for the assisting officers. 

In glancing over the Grand Treasurer's report we are im- 
pressed by the fact that receipts far exceed expenditures, 


while the investments appear solidly held and amount to 

The Grand Secretary's report is also very interesting, the 
gains in membership total 4,403, while losses aggregate 1,869, 
making a net gain of 2,534. This calls for a favorable com- 
ment from this Correspondent, who tenders sincere, if silent 

From an eloquent report by the Necrologist we quote this 
truism, which, we believe, may well be taken to heart by all 
who read it — - i'Ml ' 

"We cannot look without concern upon the tendency of many 
in our time to pretend indifference to the faith in the life to come. 
Absorbed in the pursuit of material ends, and lost in the transient 
pleasures and problems of the day, many ignore or scorn the fact 
of the life to be. That can never be true of those who belong to 
our great fraternity." 

"And ever near us though unseen, 
The dear immortal spirits tread, 
For all the boundless universe 
Is life — 'there are no dead'." 

Again M. Ex. Comp. Carl M. Sperling writes the Capitular 
Review, and this in itself, is an assurance that all that is of 
interest in the realm of Royal Arch Masonry, will be carefully 
noted and recorded. His comments, as always, are fair, frank 
and neighbourly. His "Foreword" is in abridged form, which 
we regret, as we always find his messages readable and de- 
cidedly interesting. However, his "Foreword" this year is 
written in an optimistic vein and is indicative of his faith in 
the future of our beloved Order. 

And now for his Review of Canada to which he has con- 
tributed three pages. He deals with facts and figures and 
gives full coverage to our 1944 Convocation. He quotes in its 
entirety the Invocation of our Grand Chaplain; quotes gener- 
ously from our Grand Z.'s address and the report of our Com- 
mittee on the Condition of Capitular Masonry. He also hands 
this Correspondent a verbal bouquet which we surely will file 
away in our mental archives among our cherished thoughts 
of friends we have made, even though it be in absentia. May 
we express our appreciation for his all-too-kind comments. 
As stated in previous Reviews, we always enjoy the time spent 
in perusing M. Ex. Comp. Sperling's Fraternal Review. 


The elections resulted in Willard T. Francis being advanced 
to the office of Grand High Priest. The efficient Mont. C. 
Hambright continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on October 4, 1944. 

Canada's representative in Ohio is George J. Kohler, while 
our popular Grand Scribe E., Edwin Smith, has the honour to 
represent Ohio in Canada. 


Robert J. Arnett — Grand High Priest. 
John C. F. Kitselman — Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication held in Philadelphia, March 2, 
1944, with William R. Burchfield acting as Grand High Priest. 

Thirty-five Jurisdictions were represented by their Grand 
Representatives, Samuel Shaw answering the roll for Canada. 

The Quarterly Financial Report was received and adopted. 
M. Ex. Comp. Albert T. Hanby delivered a most eloquent 
1 'Memorial" to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. Edgar A. Tennis, 
whose death was a serious loss to Grand Chapter. We quote 
the opening lines — 

"Like many days, some lives are beautiful, inspiring and endur- 
ing. In the minds of men such days pass into eternity and such 
lives merge with them in the realms of glorious memories where 
nothing fades, naught withers and none dies. Every man recalls 
with vivid interest one flower, one song, one poem or one scene 
never to be forgotten — never to be displaced. True friendships 
are like that, and those who were fortunate enough to enjoy the 
fellowship of Companion Edgar A. Tennis will forever recall it as 
if it were a fragrant rose, a glorious aria, an inspiring verse or 
vista of splendor — incidents of life eternal in their beauty. Such 
memories make the hearts of men beat holier music than ever a 
mortal can sing." 

A letter was sent to M. Ex. Comp. Arnett expressing regret 
at his inability to be present due to illness and extending best 
wishes for a speedy recovery. 

Quarterly held June 8, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Arnett pre- 
siding. After the presentation of the financial statement it 
was resolved to purchase $21,100.00 worth of United States 
War Bonds to be held for the "Memorial Trust Fund. ,, 


Quarterly held September 7, 1944, with the Grand High 
Priest in the Chair. At this Convocation routine business only 
was dealt with. 

Quarterly Communication held December 7, 1944. After 
opening Grand Chapter in Ample Form, M. Ex. Comp. Arnett 
received a host of distinguished guests. These included a 
Past Grand Master representing Grand Lodge, delegations 
from General Grand Chapter, the Grand Chapters of New 
York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Virginia, Ohio, 
Maine, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Delaware, and Colo- 
rado. The Grand Commandery and Grand Council were also 
represented. It is needless to say that the visitors received 
that warm welcome so characteristic of Pennsylvania, and, of 
course, were accorded Grand Honors fitting to their rank and 
station in Masonry. 

Grand Representatives were present in force to answer the 
roll-call. We regret to note the absence of Canada's represen- 

We quote the opening paragraph of M. Ex. Comp. Arnett's 
address. Scholarly, interesting and instructive, expresses our 
opinion of the Grand High Priest's address — 

"While the world around us is still torn by strife we meet again 
in Peace within these Temple walls. Yet, even so our hearts are 
fearful and we live in constant anxiety for the safety of loved ones 
on the battle fronts of foreign lands. And were it not that our 
Heavenly Father mercifully hides from us the future it would be 
difficult indeed to carry on. But together we can lift our eyes 
unto the hills from whence cometh our help and find our hope and 
solace there." 

Under Necrology impressive tribute is paid to the passing 
of six members of Pennsylvania's official family, closing with 
this beautiful thought poetically expressed — 

"As one by one the autumn leaves fade in the forest deep, 
So one by one to each of us must come the touch of sleep. 
As one by one the roses burst into the morning light, 
So one by one our souls shall wake again beyond the night." 

Visitations and dispensations are fully recorded, the latter 
of local interest only. M. Ex. Comp. Arnett concludes a ster- 
ling address with a commentary on the splendid service which 
Freemasonry is rendering to those members of the armed 
forces serving at home and abroad. We would fain quote his 
remarks in their entirety, but alas, space is limited and we 
content ourselves with the following — 


"We have taught many of them within our Lodge rooms and 
Chapter halls the virtues of peace, love of neighbour, morality and 
religion. And if we fail the brotherhood and charity of which we 
boast will become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. We 
must not allow these men to stand alone and no greater opportun- 
ity will ever be afforded us to put into practice the great principles 
of Freemasonry than the days that lie ahead." 

A glance at the Fiscal Statement of Pennsylvania, prompts 
the thought that Grand Chapter is strongly entrenched finan- 
cially. Receipts far in excess of Disbursements and invest- 
ments of some $120,000.00. It is with more than passing 
interest we note that a slight loss in membership is reported. 
This, of course, is to December, 1943, and we predict that the 
1944 record will bring Pennsylvania into the list of Grand 
Chapters who enjoy a substantial increase. 

From the Grand King's address we extract the following 
verse — 

"Just a quiet little lodge room, 

How it stirs the heart and soul 
With the thrill of great endeavour 

Toward the high and common goal; 
With each pledge of faith and courage 

To maintain the forward fight, 
On the road that leads them onward 

Ever onward to the light." 

A committee of four is responsible for the Report on Cor- 
respondence. The "Foreword" is written by M. Ex. Comp. 
John M. Core, and while not lengthy, it deals fearlessly with 
suspensions and lack of interest in certain of the membership. 
We heartily endorse his comments and agree entirely with his 
closing lines which we quote — 

"Does it ever occur to the Companion that when he recommends 
a candidate, he does it on 'his Masonic honor' and so, is in a large 
sense, responsible to the Chapter and his Companions to see that 
the candidate makes good." 

Canada is reviewed by Comp. Core and leaves little to be 
desired. Extracts from our Grand Z.'s address are given 
liberal space, while Comp. Core's comments indicate that he 
is in accord with M. Ex. Comp. Burden's dispensations and his 
remarks on weak Chapters and Life Membership. 

The Review concludes with a most neighbourly reference to 
our last Review. We appreciate Comp. Core's remarks which 
are as music to our ears. May we say, that while some juris- 


dictions provide brief and uninteresting proceedings, such is 
not the case with Pennsylvania, which furnishes interesting 
reading and splendid material for review. 

Following the elections William R. Burchfield was elected 
Grand High Priest, while John C. Kitselman was re-elected 
Grand Secretary, a position which he seems to fill admirably 
and with great distinction. 

Canada is ably represented in Pennsylvania by Samuel 
Shaw, while the popular M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens is privi- 
leged to hold the commission of Pennsylvania near our Grand 


R. N. F. Quinn — First Grand Principal. 

S. W. Coulter— Grand Scribe E. 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter and Grand Lodge 
of Mark Master Masons held a regular Convocation in Queens- 
land, April 5, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. Quinn on the throne. 
Forty-two Grand Representatives answered the roll-call. It 
is worthy of note that in Australia, as in England, Ireland and 
Scotland, a Grand Representative who cannot be present has 
the courtesy and consideration to send a written apology for 
his absence. Canadians and Americans are not so consider- 
ate. The Grand Z.'s address is a thoughtful dissertation on 
Masonry and the duty of all who profess to be adherents of 
the Art. We quote a few interesting lines — 

"Great world events continue to dominate our every thought, 
and influence our actions. 

"History will provide the record, and no doubt future genera- 
tions will more clearly assess them than we, who at present, are 
directly involved. But it may be of value and helpful if we from 
time to time endeavour to review events as we know them, and 
determine whether we have performed our part faithfully and well, 
and in accordance with our professions as Royal Arch Masons! 

"There are people who assert that our efforts are wasted, our 
principles unattainable; but, while we fully realize that to-day, in 
many places, they are not fully lived up to, we know their value, 
and prefer to be Builders, not Destroyers; we know that our efforts 
are not in vain, and that good and beneficial conditions are growing 
and gaining strength from day to day. 

"From the dawn of life there has been conflict between good 
and evil; one the one hand Freedom and fair-dealing, and on the 
other, forces determined to frustrate them; resistance to such 
forces has at all times been forthcoming, and carried out with 
courage and determination. There is still the call for action, from 
every individual who is actuated by a desire to give hope to the 
hopeless, happiness to the distressed, and comfort to those who 


We would like to quote more liberally but lack of space for- 
bids. This sterling address concludes with these words — 

"The solution of the problem is with us; do not leave it to the 
other fellow, but exert all your strength and knowledge to attain 
the goal which the M. H. has set before us." 

In a report on visitations we learn, that while many Chap- 
ters were officially visited, some were neglected due to petrol 
rationing and travel restrictions. This sounds somewhat 
familiar to us, although, no doubt, we fared better than our 
companions in Queensland. 

During the year $2,000.00 was invested in the Fourth Lib- 
erty Loan on behalf of the Benevolent Fund. $800.00 was 
also invested by the General Fund in the Victory Loan. 

The Annual Convocation was held on October 4, 1944. 
The following is a brief excerpt from the Grand Z.'s address — 

"How attractive life would be if free from strife and wrong, 
and as planned by the G.A. Let us weave into the pattern golden 
threads of kindly actions, and the work wlil be nobly extended; let 
us do it now; take full advantage of the present, so that when the 
shadows fall, we shall be comforted by happy memories of deeds 
of worth and beauty faithfully performed." 

Past Grand Rank was conferred on a number of compan- 
ions for meritorious service to the Royal Craft. 

A request from the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of New South Wales to lend support to that body in the dis- 
pute with the Grand Chapter of Scotland over an alleged in- 
trusion of the sovereign rights of New South Wales. This 
dispute is of long standing, and while we know nothing of the 
merits or demerits of the case, we trust that it will soon be 
amicably settled. 

From the Treasurer's Report we find that Queensland has 
a Benevolent Fund of some $43,000.00. We also learn, with 
interest, of an increase in membership. 

Following an established custom, the Grand Z., M. Ex. 
Comp. Quinn, was declared re-elected by acclamation. His 
first official act was to re-appoint R. Ex. Comp. T. Levingston 
as Deputy First Grand Principal. Queensland is fortunate 
indeed in having such a capable and experienced leader as M. 
Ex. Comp. Quinn, a Past Grand Master of Grand Lodge and 
holding high and important offices in all branches of the Craft. 


Canada is worthily represented in Queensland by J. Shirra 
St., while Neil A. McEachern is the custodian of Queensland's 
interest near our Grand Chapter. 


George S. Burrows — Grand First Principal. 
W. W. Williamson— Grand Scribe E. 

The Sixty-Eighth Annual Convocation held in the City of 
Montreal, March 28, 1945. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by M. Ex. Comp. 
Burrows. Seven Past Grand Z.'s and twenty-three Grand Rep- 
resentatives were in attendance. Later in the proceedings the 
Grand Representatives were officially welcomed. We note with 
pleasure, that our Jurisdiction was ably represented by our 
faithful representative M. Ex. Comp. Duncan McLellan. Dis- 
tinguished guests present included delegations from Massa- 
chusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont and our own Grand Z., 
John M. Burden, all of whom received that warm fraternal 
greeting which we have grown to expect from our Companions 
of Quebec. 

M. Ex. Comp. Burrows' address was a scholarly effort im- 
pregnated with valuable suggestions, lofty ideals and worth- 
while thoughts. We quote a few lines from his opening re- 
marks — 

"Thankful that the Most High has seen fit in his Infinite Wisdom 
to bring us nearer to the final victory over our enemies, so that 
we now look forward with confidence to the time — not too far 
distant — when peace may once more be restored to this troubled 
world, so let us pray that the Most High may so guide us, that we, 
on the Home Front, do not 'weary of well doing', but that we may 
prove worthy of those gallant men and women who are fighting 
in the four quarters of the world for the cause of Freedom and 

In sympathetic terms the Grand Z. paid graceful tribute 
to the Fraternal Dead and extended sympathy to other juris- 
dictions in the loss of many outstanding Craftsmen. 

Dispensations were few in number. It is again drawn to 
our attention that a dispensation is necessary in Quebec to 
install into the Chair of Z. any Companion who has not served 
as Worshipful Master of a Symbolic Lodge. This Correspond- 
ent is in hearty accord with the regulation which requires a 


Z. to have served as W.M. in a Craft Lodge, and firmly be- 
lieves that our jurisdiction would be well advised to adopt this 

Visitations are fully set forth and appear to have been 
both interesting and instructive. Reference is made to the 
Grand Z.'s visit to our Convocation in London. Need we say 
that a Convocation of our Grand Chapter without visitors from 
the Sister Province of Quebec could never be considered as 

Among M. Ex. Comp. Burrows' recommendations is one to 
revive the Annual Grand Chapter Church Service. We give 
you an excerpt of his remarks on this subject and may say 
that his remarks strike a responsive chord in our hearts — 

"These are trying times in which we are living and, in my 
opinion, the Church affords the greatest organized means of in- 
spiring and strengthening us for tasks. The object and purpose 
of a Combined Church Service is that R.A.M.'s in a body, may 
acknowledge the place of the Church in every good Mason's life." 

Tribute, and well-deserved tribute at that, is paid to the 
Grand Scribe E., who has completed 25 years in the office, dur- 
ing which time he has given of his best in the interests of 
the Royal Craft. May we join with our friends of Quebec in 
congratulating M. Ex. Comp. Williamson. This Correspondent 
desires to add a personal expression by saying that we earn- 
estly hope that he may enjoy health and strength to serve 
Masonry for many more years. 

May your shadow never grow less, Walter! 

The Grand Z. closes an admirable address with Longfel- 
low's words — 

"Look not mournfully into the past; it comes not back again, 
Wisely improve the present; it is thine. Go forth to meet the 
shadowy future without fear, and with a manly heart." 

We learn with regret that M. Ex. Comp. Burrows is trans- 
ferring his place of residence to the Pacific Coast. It is a case 
of what is Quebec's loss will be British Columbia's gain. May 
we express best wishes for the days to come. 

The Grand Scribe E.'s report, is as usual, interesting and 
enlightening, especially his reference to a 42% increase in 
exaltations and a very satisfactory net increase in membership. 


Grand Treasurer Rose presented a very clear cut statement 
on fiscal matters. The high-lights of which are a balanced 
budget, a Benevolent Fund of $26,405.00 and total assets of 

Reports of the Grand Superintendents of the five districts 
provide a pen-picture of conditions throughout the jurisdic- 
tion. These are all well written and intensely interesting. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. J. Edwards again writes the report on 
Fraternal Correspondence, which is well up to the high stand- 
ard which has characterized his efforts for many years. His 
"Foreword" bespeaks the cultured mind and we are constrained 
to quote his closing lines — 

"The War in Europe is happily ended. Whatever may be the 
test in the coming days, Companions, may your faith in God hold 
fast. May you ever realize that He is nigh, in all life's ways, at 
morn, at noonday, and at midnight, as you journey along the road, 
a Companion of Him who said, 'Have faith in God'." 

And now what has he to say about his kinsmen of the 
Province of Ontario. A perusal of his Review indicates that 
he has carefully read our Proceedings and he treats us most 
generously, nothing of import seems to have been omitted. 

He terms M. Ex. Comp. Burden's address as masterly and 
speaks feelingly of the tragic death of M. Ex. Comp. W. Y. 
Mills, and concludes with a friendly comment on our last 

We should like to thank M. Ex. Comp. Edwards for his 
kind words and assure him that one of our greatest pleasures 
is to review Quebec with which we have so much in common. 
In Masonry Provincial boundaries mean so little where brother- 
hood means so much. 

Following the election of officers J. D. McFadyen was duly 
installed into the office of Grand First Principal. Of course, 
W. W. Williamson continues as Grand Scribe E. 

Our Jurisdiction is honored in having as our representa- 
tive in Quebec our good friend, M. Ex. Comp. McLellan, while 
this Correspondent is proud indeed to represent Quebec near 
our Grand Chapter. 



Benjamin H. Slade — Grand High Priest. 
Edward M. Wheeler — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Forty-Seventh Annual Convocation 
held in Providence, March 14, 1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. Slade opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form, 
followed by prayer by the Acting Grand Chaplain. 

Thirty-four Grand Representatives answered the roll-call, 
and we note with satisfaction, that Norris G. Abbott, our faith- 
ful representative, was present to respond for Canada. Many 
distinguished guests were in attendance. These hailed from 
the nearby jurisdictions of New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ver- 
mont, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. We also note 
the presence of leaders of the Scottish Rite and Grand Council, 
and in the place of honor the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge 
of Rhode Island. It is needless to say all received a warm 
fraternal greeting with honors suitable to their rank and sta- 
tion in Masonry. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is brief, as such 
addresses go, but it is well compiled and decidedly instructive. 
After greeting those present he paid tribute to those who dur- 
ing the year passed from this mortal sphere. 

Numerous changes among the Grand Representatives were 
made, all of which are listed in detail. Dispensations were 
indeed limited, and deal only with routine matters. The Grand 
High Priest enumerates his visitations to bodies, both within 
and beyond his borders, and from the reports one would be 
safe in saying his visits were productive of much good. He 
refers to the consolidation of two chapters, and under "Con- 
dition of the Chapters" speaks hopefully of the future. This 
very entertaining address concludes with the following lines — 

"The year is closed — the record made; 
The last deed done, the last word said; 
The memory alone remains 
Of all its joys, its griefs, its gains; 
And now with purpose full and clear 
We turn to meet another year." 

The Grand Secretary's report indicates a slight loss in 
membership. This is somewhat surprising, as very few Grand 
Chapters last year appeared in the loss column, however, we 
venture that in 1945 we shall find more encouraging news. 


Finances appear on a sound basis with receipts in excess 
of expenditures and assets of $23,456.00. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence was written by M. 
Ex. Comp. Wheeler, and gives a brief summary of conditions 
in the fifty-eight jurisdictions reviewed by him. We note his 
comment relative to the invitation extended by General Grand 
Chapter to Canadian jurisdictions to become associated with 
the General Grand Chapter of the U.S.A. We have written so 
frequently on this subject in our Reviews that we hesitate to 
refer to it again, as we should not care to be misunderstood 
in respect to this invitation. In Canada our Grand Chapters, 
with one exception, all use the same ritual, which came to 
us from the Mother Grand Chapter of England. Our work, 
our method of presentation, our policies are all so different 
from those of our American Companions that we see no ad- 
vantage in membership in the General Grand Chapter. We 
seek to adhere to the customs of the Old Land and any such 
attachment may well be the thin edge of the wedge in alter- 
ing our course. This Correspondent has nothing but the high- 
est praise for the splendid work of the General Grand Chapter, 
but for many reasons, some of which we have expressed, the 
majority of our members are opposed to any action of this 
kind unless it should be the formation of a General Grand 
Chapter among the jurisdictions in Canada. Pardon this 
lengthy comment. 

Among the ' 'Memorials' ' we find a beautiful reference to 
the great loss sustained in Rhode Island through the death 
of Wilbur Allen Scott, who for some fourteen years ably dis- 
charged the duties of Grand Secretary. While we, in Canada, 
have not been privileged to know the late companion, yet we 
did appreciate his work as Grand Secretary, and hasten to ex- 
tend our deepest sympathy in the loss of this pilar of Masonry. 

A portrait of M. Ex. Comp. Slade, the retiring Grand High 
Priest, adorns the Proceedings, and from the biographical 
sketch, we learn that he is a product of Brown University, a 
veteran of the last war, an officer of the army reserve, and 
holds an important position in the industrial and political life 
of the city in which he resides. He is most active, Masonically, 
and from all the information before us has been a success in 
the various branches of the Craft in which he is interested. 


Following the election of officers James S. Groff was de- 
clared and installed Grand High Priest for the current year, 
while E. M. Wheeler was confirmed in his office of Grand 

At the close of Grand Chapter the annual convention of the 
Order of High Priesthood took place. 

Edward H. Brennan has the honor to represent Rhode 
Island in Canada, while Norris G. Abbott keeps a watchful eye 
on our interests in Rhode Island. 


Major R. H. F. Moncreiff— Grand Z. 

Sir Stewart Macpherson — Depute Grand Z. 

George A. Howell — Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapters 
held in Edinburgh, December 15, 1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. Moncreiff was on the throne. After opening 
in Ample Form the Grand Z. referred feelingly to the death 
of M. Ex. Comp. T. M. Cunningham, who at the time of his 
death, was the oldest member of Grand Chapter, and who 
for fifty years was regular in his attendance. 

The Grand Director of Ceremonies introduced M. Ex. Comp. 
W. J. Air, who hailed from Burma. In addressing the com- 
panions M. Ex. Comp. Air referred to the difficulties of Free- 
masonry in Burma and spoke of the loyalty of the Royal Craft 
in that far-flung outpost. 

The usual quarterly reports were presented, after which 
Grand Chapter closed in Ample Form. 

Quarterly meeting of Supreme Committee held February 
16, 1945. From the financial report presented, it would ap- 
pear that fiscal affairs are on a comfortable basis. Govern- 
ment Bonds amounting to some $4,500.00 were purchased 
under the authority of the Committee. At this meeting officers 
were nominated for the ensuing year. As to be expected, no 
change was made in the First Grand Principal or the Grand 
Scribe E. In reading the reports of the Grand Superintend- 
ents it is noticeable that these officials hold office for more than 
one year, as is the case in Canada. Indeed, we note that the 
Grand Superintendent of Perthshire has held office for ten 


years. There is much to be said in favour of extended terms 
of office. In Canada a Grand Superintendent is just getting 
nicely settled into his work when he has to make way for a 

Quarterly held March 2, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Moncreiff 
presiding. At this meeting the officers were elected, and it is 
interesting to note that proxies were exercised from such far 
off places as Jerusalem, Portobello, New Zealand, and the 

A fund, known as Malta Fund, was raised to assist Chap- 
ters in the war-stricken area of Malta. To date approximately 
$4,500.00 had been raised by popular subscription. 

After presentation of reports and other routine business 
had been disposed of Grand Chapter closed in Ample Form. 

Canada is worthily represented in the land of the heather 
by the Earl of Lauderdale, while M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Ward- 
rope, K.C., carries Scotland's commission near our Jurisdiction. 


John S. Taylor — Grand High Priest. 
O. Frank Hart — Grand Secretary. 

Annual 1945 Convocation was cancelled in compliance with 
the governmental request that wherever possible such meet- 
ings should be avoided in view of the difficulties of transpor- 
tation and hotel accommodation. 

While a number of Grand Chapters have curtailed their 
Convocation, South Carolina appears to be the only Grand 
Chapter of which we have record, to take the request literally 
and omit their Annual Convocation. 

The Proceedings contain the message of the Grand High 
Priest written in the nature of a report, and which presents 
a clean-cut picture of the year's activity. We quote a line or 
two from the opening paragraph — 

"As this is written, however, every indication points. to a ter- 
mination of Hostilities in Europe, and with gratitude to God for 
His many mercies, we look confidently towards the dawn of a new 
day when once again PeaceN shall rest upon us like a benediction." 

M. Ex. Comp. Taylor proceeds to enumerate his appoint- 
ments to the Corps of Grand Representatives. It is interest- 


ing to note that he has commissioned Herbert F. Thomson to 
represent South Carolina near our Grand Chapter. Comp. 
Thomson is a faithful worker in Masonry's vineyards and will 
render capable service to South Carolina. 

Under "Necrology" the Grand High Priest makes grace- 
ful reference to the loss sustained through the death of many 
Companions. Sorrowful tribute under the caption of "War's 
richest spoils are the ashes of her Brave", is paid to the mem- 
ory of Lieut. Thos. 0. Fowler, who gallantly fell in the line 
of duty on the French front, July 25, 1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. Taylor speaks in glowing terms of the "State 
of the Craft". He tells of dormant chapters that have been 
revived and rejuvenated and generally presents an optimistic 
vista of the future of Royal Arch Masonry in the jurisdiction. 

Decisions and dispensations were few in number and of no 
particular interest to other than the chapters directly affect- 
ed. The address closes with this inspiring thought as an in- 
centive for future far H6rizons — 

"A task without a vision, is Drudgery, 
A vision without a task, is a dream. 
But a task, with a vision is Victory." 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that South 
Carolina apparently balanced the budget and is financially 
sound with investments of $26,766.18. 

The report of 0. Frank Hart, Grand Secretary, contains 
interesting information but our particular interest is directed 
to the item which conveys the news that South Carolina con- 
cluded the year with a very substantial increase in member- 

The Committee on Fraternal Correspondence presented its 
eleventh Annual Review. The Foreword is intensely interest- 
ing, and among other matters, refers to the controversy over 
the attitude of the Scottish Rite in taking punitive action 
against M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, General Grand High 
Priest and Reviewer for Missouri, whose offence appears to be 
somewhat trivial. M. Ex. Comp. Denslow, in his capacity as 
Reviewer for the Grand Lodge of Missouri, publicized the ac- 
tion of the Scottish Rite, who apparently were attempting to 
usurp the rights and privileges of Craft Masonry as represent- 
ed by Grand Lodge. We have read a good deal about this 


incident and the more we read the more convinced we are 
that M. Ex. Comp. Denslow was well within his province. 
However, perhaps, we should not as an outsider, so glibly ex- 
press an opinion on a matter which does not concern our 

While some of our Sister Provinces have been reviewed 
the Grand Chapter of Canada appears to have been overlooked. 
No doubt our Proceedings failed to reach the Committee in 
time for inclusion. We shall hope that next year we may be 
numbered among the elite. 

William W. Wannamaker represents Canada in South 
Carolina, while Herbert F. Thomson is South Carolina's rep- 
resentative in Canada. 


John T. Vucurevich — Grand High Priest. 
Elvin F. Strain — Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-Fifth Annual Convocation held in Huron on 
October 24, 1944. 

Upon the opening of Grand Chapter by the Grand High 
Priest the colorful ceremonies of "Presenting the Colors" took 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests were in attendance, while 
twenty-four Grand Representatives answered the roll-call. We 
note with regret the absence of Canada's representative. Many 
honored guests were received and officially welcomed. These 
included delegations from the Sister Jurisdictions of Manitoba, 
Nebraska, Iowa and North Dakota. Fraternally greeted were 
rulers of the Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters, Order 
of High Priesthood and the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of South Dakota. M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, Gen- 
eral Grand High Priest, being present, was received with his 
escort and accorded fitting honors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was remarkable in 
that it covered a tremendous amount of ground in a short 
space. It is interesting and most readable. After extending 
a personal welcome to all present, he referred sympathetically 
to the loss through the activities of the Grim Reaper of some 
sixty-seven companions. Owing to his military duties his 
visits were mostly left to his senior officers. Dispensations 


were few in number. He refers to the surrender of one charter 
and enumerates his appointments. He deals fearlessly with 
inactive chapters and recommends that they either consoli- 
date with other chapters or surrender their charter. He sug- 
gests that too much time is spent endeavouring to rejuvenate 
such chapters without success. He states that he is not try- 
ing to liquidate these chapters, but is presenting facts as they 
appeal to him. He attributes this condition largely to the fact 
that there are too many bodies in Masonry to keep all function- 
ing properly. With this statement this Correspondent heart- 
ily concurs. The Grand High Priest concludes his address with 
this worth-while message — 

"As we live in this war-torn world, we must have faith in our- 
selves, and have the fighting spirit to carry on. Our brothers and 
sisters on the field of battle have faith in themselves, and the 
fighting spirit to carry on. Unity was never more essential, and 
let us hope that out of this world struggle, we will emerge more 

Reports on visitations by the Grand King, Grand Scribe 
and Past Grand High Priest Richards indicate that this phase 
of Grand Chapter activity was not neglected during the ab- 
seil :e of the Grand High Priest. 

From the report of the Grand Treasurer we note that fin- 
ances are carefully handled with disbursements considerably 
les j than the current revenue. 

The Grand Secretary records a very substantial gain in 

membership despite a severe loss through deaths. The Grand 

Chaplain presented the report on the "Fraternal Dead". It 

proves not only eloquent in the language he has employed, but 

most impressive. It is studded with poetic gems all of which 

we should like to quote but lack of space forbids. We venture, 

however, to quote his closing lines — 

"To an open door in the evening, 
Home shall men come. 
To an older place than Eden, 
And a taller town than Rome. 
To the end of the way of the wandering star, 
To all the things that cannot be and that are 
To the place that God was homeless 
And all men are at home." 

Robert Hart, P.G.H.P., writes the Capitular Review, and in 
doing so refers to the abbreviated form he used this year due 
to the necessity of courtailing space in the proceedings. He 
expresses it thus — 


"In the small space which I may properly take, I must let 
brevity substitute for literary style." 

Notwithstanding the brevity of his Review he appears to 
have fully covered the high-lights of many jurisdictions, while 
no mention of Canada appears, he does pay tribute to Quebec 
for establishing a record in that it has never had a chapter 
in default. While Quebec is not a large jurisdiction, we should 
like to add our mead of praise and say that it is composed of 
serious-minded craftsmen and this combined with the splendid 
work of our old friend, M. Ex. Comp. Walter Williamson, the 
Grand Scribe E., is largely responsible for the high plane 
reached by our companions in the historic old province of 
Quebec. We have enjoyed Comp. Hart's Review and heartily 
agree with his words regarding new members, but let us give 
it to you in his own words — 

"It now remains for us to see that the new members we are 
about to receive are properly schooled in the true meaning and 
intent of the Royal Art, lest our latter state be worse than the 

Philo H. Schultz was elected and duly installed as Grand 
High Priest, while the efficient Elvin F. Strain, of course, con- 
tinues in office as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on October 23rd, 
the evening before the opening of Grand Chapter. 

Joseph H. Drury carries the commission of Canada in South 
Dakota, while D. C. Patmore has the honor to represent South 
Dakota near our Grand Chapter. 


Frank Knox Harle — Grand High Priest. 
T. E. Doss — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual Convocation held 
in Nashville, January 29, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. Harle pre- 
siding. Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. 

Visitors were present from the Grand Chapters of Missis- 
sippi and Georgia, also received were leaders of Royal and 
Select Masters, Knights Templar, and the Grand Lodge of 
Tennessee, all of whom received a truly warm welcome. 

The Grand High Priest's address was brevity personified. 
After a few words of greeting and a sincere tribute to the 


Fraternal Dead, M. Ex. Comp. Harle lists his appointments 
and dispensations and refers to a donation of $250.00 he au- 
thorized for the Red Cross. He comments on the splendid 
work of R. D. Keller Chapter, which for the third consecutive 
year, led the chapters of the jurisdiction in candidates. It is 
interesting to note that this is the youngest chapter and one 
of the largest. A plaque was presented by the Grand High 
Priest to this energetic Chapter for the record it has estab- 
lished. Visitations were not numerous, but as Tennessee fol- 
lows the system of having group meetings to receive the Grand 
High Priest, the majority of the chapters were covered in this 
manner. Under "Recommendations" M. Ex. Comp. Harle sug- 
gests an appropriation to cover the expense of special instruc- 
tors. The Committee on Jurisprudence approved this recom- 
mendation and set aside $500.00 for the purpose. A further 
suggestion deals with the mileage and per diem rate paid to 
representatives. He suggested six cents per mile one way, and 
six dollars per day, which also received the Committee's ap- 
proval. Under "Condition of the Craft", the Grand High 
Priest speaks hopefully of the future, and commends the 
officers of the subordinate chapters for a fine record. 

He concludes a brief, but interesting address, by expressing 
thanks to the Grand Secretary and others for their assistance 
and passes on to them any credit that may be due for the 
year's accomplishments. 

The Grand Treasurer reports receipts as $11,950.00, with 
disbursements of $10,064.00, which indicates a healthy con- 
dition financially. Investments in Government Bonds total- 
ling $11,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is also most encouraging, 
showing a net increase in membership of 952. We are con- 
strained to say that the Royal Arch in Tennessee, despite war- 
time conditions, enjoyed a very successful year in 1944. We 
extend our felicitations on this grand record. 

From the report on Jurisprudence the following is of in- 
terest — 

"We come to this the third war-time Convocation joining with 
our Grand High Priest in humble solicitation to Almighty God 
for an early end to the terrible conflict and for an enduring peace 
throughout the world. May we, through courage and constancy, 
continue worthy of the sacrifice being made by our sons and 


J. J. Walker, Past Grand High Priest, one of the veterans 
of the Corps of Correspondents, presented his fourteenth Re- 
view and well up to his lofty standard it proves to be. We 
quote from his forceful and eloquent "Foreword" — 

"The chaotic condition of the world today, incidental to the most 
devastating war of all time, is a challenge recognized by thought- 
ful Masons everywhere, and workable plans are in the making 
whereby Masonry can aid in rehabilitation, restore the shattered 
and tangled fabric of civilizacion, aid in rebuilding ruined Temples 
and Altars, and restore institutions of decency and orderly living. ,, 

We also acknowledge his comments on the treatment he 
has received from the knights of the Round Table, and as a 
humble member of this group, this Correspondent desires to 
say, that reviewing Tennessee is one of the high-lights of the 
year's work, and Comp. Walker is worthy of all the nice things 
that we may say about him. . 

We turn with avidity to his Review of Canada, which is 
complete in all its details. We thank him for the quotation 
from this Correspondent's address of welcome to our guests 
in 1944. His comments on our Grand Z.'s address are also 
fully appreciated and referred to as masterful. He quotes 
liberally from this Writer's "Foreword" and closes with these 
words — "Comp. Gardiner, we would be delighted to entertain 
you in person." In reply to this courteous invitation, we can 
only say, that we shall look forward to the day when we may 
visit Tennessee in person and tender sincere thanks for many 
verbal bouquets, all of which makes the reviewing of Tennes- 
see a labor of love. 

Prior to the election and installation of Otway Yates as 
Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter paid well merited tribute 
to the Grand Secretary, T. E. Doss, by electing him Grand 
High Priest, which position he filled for a few minutes and 
then retired to again become Grand Secretary — this, in our 
opinion, was a most graceful reward for services well ren- 
dered. We have no provision in our Constitution in Canada 
for a similar act, but instead, we are permitted to elect a 
worthy Companion to Past Rank. 

Following the close of Grand Chapter, the Order of High 
Priesthood convened. 

R. K. Roney, Sr., is our representative in Tennessee, while 
A. P. Freed enjoys the distinction of representing Tennessee 
in Canada. 



E. F. James — Grand High Priest. 
Thos. M. Bartley — Grand Secretary. 

The Ninety-Fifth Convocation held in Waco, December 
4th, 1944, with M. Ex. Comp. James presiding. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests were in attendance. It 
is interesting to note that the Grand Chaplain, when asked 
to deliver the Invocation, made way for an outstanding veteran 
of Masonry, M. Ex. Comp. John J. Ray, whom, we understand, 
celebrates his 100th anniversary this year. Comp. Ray, de- 
spite the burden of years, is an active Mason and continues to 
take part in the ceremonies, as evidence of this he delivered 
the Invocation in a most impressive manner. It is also note- 
worthy that Comp. Ray, on his 99th birthday, conferred the 
Royal Arch Degree in a constituent chapter. 

When the roll of Grand Representatives was called forty- 
nine responded and were fraternally greeted. Canada was not 

M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, General Grand High Priest 
of the General Grand Chapter, was officially welcomed and 
responded in his usual happy manner. During the evening 
session a delegation from York Grand Lodge of Mexico was 
fraternally welcomed, as also was a representative from the 
Grand Chapter of Oklahoma. Associate bodies, including 
Grand Council, Grand Commandery and Grand Lodge, also 
were received with Grand Honours. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. James occupies sixty-two 
pages in the Proceedings. While all his official acts are fully 
covered in a comprehensive manner, yet the address is easily 
read and noticeably free from banalities. Indeed, the reader 
is at once impressed with the thought that M. Ex. Comp. James 
has not only discharged the duties of his office with zeal and 
fidelity, but has found space to leave a truly worth-while mes- 
sage which scintillates with brilliant thoughts and lofty ideals. 

After the usual fraternal greetings, he speaks in scholarly 
terms of the war and fervently prays for a lasting peace. 
Sorrowfully he refers to the Fraternal Dead, with special 
reference to the passing of two Past Grand High Priests, E. C. 
Couch and W. M. Fly. 


Appointments, dispensations and visitations are set forth 
in detail. We note with interest that a dispensation has been 
issued for the formation of a new chapter, which is indicative 
of the activity of the Royal Arch in Texas. Under Courtesy 
Degrees, we learn that the Supreme Grand Chapter of Eng- 
land, has been asked, and has agreed to confer chapter degrees 
on a number of American soldiers from the Jurisdiction of 

Among the Grand High Priest's recommendations is one 
to invest a reasonable amount of Grand Chapter funds in U.S. 
Government Bonds, another to adopt some form of recognition 
for members of fifty years standing. He also refers to the 
lack of established procedure in receiving Grand Chapter 
officers in constituent chapters. In Canada this is fully set 
forth for the guidance of officers, and we can certainly ap- 
preciate that failure to provide for the reception of such dis- 
tinguished visitors, may well cause embarrassment to both 

M. Ex. Comp. James concludes a most elaborate presenta- 
tion of the year's work with words of commendation for the 
Officers, Past and Present, who so ably assisted him during 
the year. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer is one of satisfaction 
and encouragement. The General Fund, after the deduction 
of some $30,000.00 disbursement, totals $65,616.00, which, with 
investments in Government Bonds, makes a net worth of 

The Grand Secretary's report is clear and concise, the out- 
standing feature of which is the recording of an increase of 
3,225 members. Splendid work, may we tender sincere con- 
gratulations ? 

While our space is limited, we are constrained to again 
make a brief, yet truly sincere comment on the marvellous 
work being carried on by the combined effort of the various 
branches of Masonry in Texas. We refer to the Home for 
Aged Masons, which is backed by an Endowment Fund of 
$615,000.00 with a plant and equipment which cost $417,795.00. 
It is interesting to note that Lodges, Chapters and Command- 
eries all contribute to the worthy cause, and in the case of 
Grand Chapter, a 50-cent per capita tax is assessed on the 
membership for this purpose. What a glorious example for 


others to emulate. While we are somewhat proud of our be- 
nevolent activities in Canada, our efforts seem puny and in- 
significant when compared with the magnificent work of our 
Texas brethren and companions. 

The address of the Grand Orator, who by the way, is also 
Grand Master of Grand Lodge, proved to be an epic, and our 
one regret is that we cannot quote this sparkling dissertation 
on a subject of interest to every Mason. 

The Capitular Review is from the gifted pen of our good 
friend, R. Lee Joiner. His scholarly Review bespeaks the cul- 
tured mind and leaves with the reader an impression that he 
has read something really worth-while. In a commentary on 
the effect of the world tragedy upon the Royal Craft he refers 
to a revival of interest and an increase in membership as an 
evidence that the war has had a unifying effect upon all 
branches of the Craft — but let him tell it in his own words. 
We quote — 

"and above all a stronger faith in and reliance upon the one True 
and Ever Living God, and a more zealous and reverent determina- 
tion to attune the lives of individual members and actions of the 
Grand Bodies to His Divine Will." 

We note with interest all that he has to say with reference 
to the discordant note caused by the controversy between the 
Scottish Rite and M. Ex. Comp. Ray V. Denslow, Reviewer for 
Missouri. We have expressed ourselves somewhat forcibly on 
this subject in reviews of other jurisdictions, so perforce must 
content ourselves with the comment that we heartily agree 
with all that Comp. Joiner has said. More power to him and 
may the outcome of this tumultuous argument result in estab- 
lishing beyond a peradventure, the supremacy and sovereignty 
of Grand Lodge as the basis and unchallenged leadership in all 
things Masonic. We quote again a few sage comments by 
Comp. Joiner — 

"We need to teach and exemplify the lessons and principles of 
Royal Arch Masonry to such an extent that each Chapter will 
become a living force in the lives of its members and a moral and 
spiritual asset to the community in which it is located. In other 
words, we need — each one of us — to work, to teach, to live and 
exemplify Masonry, at home, in our daily contacts with the world, 
and in every relation of life." 

And now, what has Comp. Joiner to say about Canada. 
Our 1944 Convocation is covered fully and in friendly terms, 
with note and comment on our Grand Z.'s address and the 


reports of the various committees. We particularly note his 
reference to the Grand Chapters of the British Empire, and 
suggests that they are less optimistic and more conservative 
in expressing the hope for a speedy termination of the war. 
Thank Almighty Providence that our lack of optimism proved 
unfounded, and once again we face a world at peace. While 
armed hostilities are at an end, we are now confronted with 
problems even greater than those of the war. Problems that 
will test the strength and character of democracy and our way 
of life, for let us never forget that "Peace hath her victories 
no less renowned than war", and the sacrifices that have been 
made and the devastation that has been wrought, will all have 
been in vain if we fail to eliminate those elements which have 
been responsible for the blood and tears of the last few years. 

Comp. Joiner has dealt most generously with our jurisdic- 
tion and nothing of import seems to have escaped his scrutin- 
izing eye. We are highly flattered at his reference to our last 
Review, and can only suggest that his inate spirit of friendli- 
ness has caused him to view our humble efforts through rose- 
colored glasses. We appreciate to the full what he has said 
and repeat our words of last year when we say 'that to review 
Texas is not alone a duty, but it is at once a pleasure and de- 
light. Thank you, Companion Joiner, we heartily reciprocate 
your kind words and congratulate you on a Capitular Review 
that merits top rating and our sincere applause. 

Frank Oldham was duly elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest, while that truly efficient Grand Secretary, Thomas M. 
Bartley, continues in the office which he fills so admirably. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Canada is ably represented in Texas by Temple Morrow, 
while Texas is capably represented near our Grand Chapter 
by William E. Gowling. 


Alton G. Wheeler — Grand High Priest. 
A. H. Grout — Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Annual Convocation 
was held in Burlington, June 12, 1945, with M. Ex. Comp. 
Wheeler in the Chair. Following the opening ceremonies the 
allegiance recited. 


Eleven out of fourteen Past Grand High Priests were pres- 
ent and were escorted to the Altar and received with honors. 

Thirty-one Grand Representatives answered the roll-call, 
Harry B. Springstead doing the honors for Canada. 

Few visitors were in attendance, Quebec being the only 
Sister Jurisdiction represented. The Grand Council, Royal and 
Select Masters were represented by the Grand Master of that 
Grand Body. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Wheeler, unlike so many ad- 
dresses we have reviewed this year, is refreshingly brief. Yet, 
while the account of his stewardship is in abridged form, it 
nevertheless covers the year's work in a manner at once clear 
and concise. 

After a word of greeting M. Ex. Comp. Wheeler makes 
thoughtful reference to the war and its effect on Masonry. 

Under Necrology he speaks of the many who have passed 
away, with a special tribute to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. 
Henry L. Ballou. The late lamented brother lived a full 
Masonic life, being a Past Grand High Priest, Past Grand 
Master, Past Ruler of Grand Council, Past Grand Commander 
K. T. We tender our sincere condolence in the loss of this 
pillar of the Craft. 

Among the Grand High Priest's visitations we note his at- 
tendance at the Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Qoebec. 
This, we understood, is an annual event between these neigh- 
bouring Grand Chapters. 

A $25.00 War Bond was presented to the Chapter showing 
the largest number of candidates, while a similar bond was 
given to the Chapter with the greatest percentage of increase 
in membership. The Grand High Priest expressed his satis- 
faction with the results obtained this year and spoke hope- 
fully of the future. 

M. Ex. Comp. Wheeler, after a brief commentary upon the 
loyal support of his various officers, brought to a conclusion a 
really fine address with these words — 

"And finally, may the Great Architect of the Universe bring 
final victory speedily to our armies, abolish war with all its horrors 
and atrocities, and then, as the waters cover the sea may the whole 
earth be covered with Peace and Good Will among men." 


The Grand Treasurer presented a very comforting financial 
statement with receipts well above expenditures and invest- 
ments of nearly $6,000.00 and total assets of $13,638.00. 

Grand Secretary Grout submitted a splendid report on ad- 
ministrative affairs. Vermont reports a very substantial in- 
crease in membership. 

From an eloquent report on Necrology we extract a verse 
or two from a beautiful poem which the Committee quote — 

"Day by day the number lesses. 
Year by year they slip away 
To the unknown land — far distant 
In the realm of endless day. 

"And ere long we know we'll meet them 

In the realm of endless day, 
When our tasks en earth are finished, 
And like them we've gone away. 

"Great and many are the reunions, 
In that 'Land of Yet to be!' 
Where there'll be no separations 
Throughout all eternity." 

Vermont appoints a Committee on Correspondence, but 
after a diligent search, we fail to locate a report. 

The elections resulted in Alexander Rae being elevated to 
the Chair of Grand High Priest. A. H. Grout continues as 
Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on June 11, 1945. 

Vermont is represented near our Grand Chapter by Charles 
H. Sheppard, while Canada is represented in Vermont by the 
faithful Harry B. Springstead. 


Ralph P. Mulvane — Grand High Priest. 
Wesley C. Stone — Grand Secretary. 

The Sixtieth Annual Convocation held at Wenatchee, May 
8, 1945. 

M. Ex. Comp. Mulvane opened Grand Chapter in Ample 
Form. Fourteen Past Grand High Priests graced the East! 
Thirty-two Grand Representatives answered the roll-call and 
were received with the customary honors. 

Among the distinguished guests were the Grand High 
Priest of Oregon, a delegation from British Columbia, headed 


by Grand Z., W. C. Taylor, the Grand Master of R. and S.M., 
Albert P. Ryan, and Grand Commander, Everett A. Jones, 
representing the Knights Templar. The visitors were warmly 
received and duly honored. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Mulvane, while lengthy, 
proved both interesting and instructive. 

After a sincere welcome to the visitors and delegates, M. 
Ex. Comp. Mulvane launched forth on a resume of the high- 
lights of the year. He, also, dealt with the worries, difficulties 
and complexities of a Grand High Priest under war conditions. 
He travelled 12,703 miles in his pilgrimage throughout the 
Jurisdiction and wrote 554 letters, but here are his own words : 

"My year of office has been a difficult, hectic one, with the prob- 
lem of six chapters desperately ill, with the hardest kind of 
crowded travel conditions to face on trains and busses, and with 
death and unforseen matters casting shadows across the trail. 
The labor I did was in the vineyard of men, to assist in purposes 
of our Heavenly Father, and I now publicly offer my humble 
thanks for His protection on my travels and guidance in the task." 

Speaking of the Honored Dead the Grand High Priest used 
this quotation — 

"And still their silent ministries within our hearts have place, 
As they on earth they walked with us and met us face to face." 

He announced the retirement of Grand Secretary, Wesley 
C. Stone, who at the age of 83, is compelled to relinquish 
office. He stated that the love of Masonry still burns 
as deeply as ever within the breast of Comp. Stone, but the 
warnings of nature demands that he put aside his work and 
retire for rest. M. Ex. Comp. Mulvane recommends that the 
retiring Grand Secretary be appointed Grand Secretary 

During the year eight members were awarded the special 
button, signifying fifty years' active membership. Among the 
Grand High Priest's recommendations is one which is of more 
than passing interest. He refers to the omission of "Reviews" 
. in the Proceedings, due to paper shortage and financial condi- 
tions. He offers a suggestion, which will result in the rein- 
statement of Capitular Reviews in condensed form. We are 
happy to note this and will be glad to welcome Washington 
back to the fold. Visitations were numerous and apparently 
successful. Dispensations dealt only with routine matters. 


This very fine address concludes with these words — 

"I have worn the emblems of authority proudly, yet humbly, 
realizing that the work we are trying to do here is greater than 
the recitation of mere words that it is in a large sense work for 
the Master. Those emblems are marked with white for purity of 
purpose, and with scarlet for zeal in altruistic endeavor, I shall 
hand them on as a workman who feels that he needeth not to be 
ashamed. May God abide with each of you and prosper our 
Order to the good of men.'' 

A perusal of the fiscal report of the Grand Treasurer re- 
cords receipts of $8,746.00, with disbursements of $2,801.67, 
and investments in War Bonds of $3,700.00. 

From a comprehensive report by the Grand Secretary, we 
learn that Washington, for the first time in seventeen years, 
reports an increase in membership, and that, a very substan- 
tial one. We tender our hearty congratulations. 

The Grand Orator's address entitled, "Christianity and 
Peace", commands our admiration. We wish space permitted 
us to print this brilliant oration in its entirety. Here is a small 
sample — 

"Masonry is not a religion but it is religion which is universal 
in character; religion is the indispensable basis of democracy. 
Christianity and Peace go hand-in-hand; in the countries where 
religious instruction is prohibited, there is no peace, persecution 
of religion is drastic, all faiths must suffer. 

"Peace is a status of international law in which nations are not 
at war; we must seek to preserve it. Christian teaching alone can 
give full meaning to the demand for human rights and liberties 
because it alone gives worth and dignity to human personality." 

The Grand Secretary presented an abridged report on 
Fraternal Correspondence. Comp. Stone, in a bright and 
friendly manner, referred to the great advance that Royal 
Arch Masonry is making and expressed the hope that Grand 
Chapter authorize a publication of Reviews in the future. 

Having been elected Grand High Priest, Cassius M. Crowe,- 
was regularly installed into office. Samuel S. Endslow succeeds 
Comp. Stone as Grand Secretary, while the retiring Grand 
High Priest, Ralph P. Mulvane, was appointed Reviewer. 

The Order of High Priesthood assembled at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

Andrew E. Salberg is. our representative in Washington, 
while Alexander Miller performs a like office for Washington 
in Canada. '_:::_:::,_ ^. . _^ 



Dr. J. L. Rossiter — First Grand Principal. 
H. C. Anderson — Grand Scribe E. 

The Annual Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter was 
held October 30, 1944. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by the First 
Grand Principal. 

M. Ex. Comp. R. H. Hickson, representing the District 
Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, together with his escorting 
officers, were received and saluted with due honors. 

M. Ex. Comp. Rossiter's address proves most interesting. 
After a formal greeting to all present, he spoke sorrowfully 
of the death of four members of Grand Chapter, all of whom 
were active in the Royal Craft and will be sadly missed. 

From his comments on the condition of chapters of the 
Jurisdiction we learn that candidates are freely continuing to 
come forward ; chapter work is of a high standard and interest 
and enthusiasm abound. The membership increased during 
the year by sixteen per cent, while two new Chapters were 
instituted, all of which clearly indicates that Western Aus- 
tralia, in line with the great majority of jurisdictions through- 
out the Capitular world, is enjoying a period of revival and 
great activity. 

Past Grand Rank was conferred by Dr. Rossiter upon a 
number of Royal Craftsmen for meritorious service to the 

The Grand Z. referred to the fact that forty years have 
elapsed since the formation of Grand Chapter, which in 1904, 
had a modest beginning with but seven Chapters, and a total 
of 233 members, which number, has today, increased to 1,204. 
The First Grand Principal's address concludes with these 
words — 

"In us brotherly love should be more fervently exemplified, re- 
lief more generously and widely practised and truth more dili- 
gently pursued. The lessons of Capitular Masonry strengthen that 
faith. And it must be our task in the coming year and in all our 
years to find some worth-while cause to which to ally ourselves, 
and to give to our spoken faith, to use Eric Linklater's striking 
phrase, 'the muscles and the bones of action7 , 


Reports of the various Committees were presented and 
reference made to the number of dispensations and diplomas 
that were granted. Appointments of officers and Grand Repre- 
sentatives are also listed. 

Following the election of officers, M. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. L. 
Rossiter was re-elected and re-installed as First Grand Princi- 
pal, being proclaimed and saluted with the customary honors, 
as also was R. Ex. Comp. A. W. B. Gleadell, the Deputy First 
Grand Principal. Among the other officers invested we are 
pleased to note the name of H. C. Anderson, who continues in 
the office of Grand Scribe E., a position which he fills so 

It is with more than passing interest that we note that Dr. 
Rossiter's immediate predecessor in office, M. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
J. S. Battye, is now occupying the exalted position of Most Wor- 
shipful the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Western Aus- 
tralia, and from the information before us, we should say that 
the Symbolic Craft is decidedly active with a number of new 
Lodges and a great influx of new members. We have read with 
interest and some amusement, the difficulties encountered by 
Dr. Battye and his escort returning from Kondinin, where they 
had been consecrating Kondinin Lodge. Apparently the wet- 
test week-end in many years, their trials and tribulations with 
a balky motor car, were many and manifold. Throughout a 
most trying and lengthy period of trial and difficulty, we learn 
from the report before us, that the Grand Master, like his 
illustrious predecessor, remained firm and unshaken. 

We, in Canada, are rejoicing over the victorious close of the 
calamitous world-war, and are happy that our Companions and 
Brethren of Western Australia are free from the worries con- 
sequent to their close proximity to hostilities in the Pacific 
War Zone. 

We feel it incumbent upon us to say that we are greatly 
indebted to R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Shaw for the material which he 
has supplied, and upon which we base this Review. Comp. 
Shaw is the Grand Representative of Western Australia in 
Canada, and carefully guards the interests of the Jurisdiction 
which he has honor to represent. 

Canada has been represented in Western Australia for more 
than thirty years by R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Berry of Wembley 


Park, and together with R. Ex. Comp. Shaw, has done much 
to lengthen and strengthen the golden cord of friendship and 
brotherly love between our respectice jurisdictions. 


Allen T. Buchanan — Grand High Priest. 
G. M. Ford — Grand Secretary. 

The Seventy-Fourth Annual, held in Charleston, October 
9, 1944. Grand Chapter was opened in Full Form after the 
performance of the patriotic exercises. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests being in attendance, were 
presented at the Altar and welcomed, as also were forty Grand 
Representatives, Canada's representative failed to respond. 

The address of the Grand High Priest proves to be a bright 
and business-like report on the high-lights of the Capitular 
year. He extended fraternal greetings and spoke with regret 
of the severe loss sustained during the year, through the 
ravages of the Grim Reaper. He enumerated his appointments 
and dispensations, two of the latter were refused, one seeking 
to confer a degree, using the ritual of Ohio, the other on Con- 
stitutional grounds. Among the rulings made, is one relating 
to a brother whose application had been accepted, and on which 
he paid a cash deposit. He failed to present himself for his 
degrees within the prescribed time and the Grand High Priest 
ruled he must again make application, as he is now ready to 
be advanced. His deposit was ordered forfeited. It is noted 
that the Committee on Jurisprudence disapprove the ruling of 
the Grand High Priest, and contend, and we believe rightly so 
that the question of the deposit is a domestic matter for the 
officers of Constituent Chapter to deal with. Visitations werfc 
ouite numerous and were much appreciated by the various 
Chapters visited. 

Speaking of the "Condition of the Craft", M. .Ex. Comp. 
Buchanan says, "We are on the threshold of a revival of Royal 
Arch Masonry in this Jurisdiction". A statement that applies 
generally throughout the length and breadth of the Capitular 
Realm. Among the recommendations offered, is one to recog- 
nize the long service of members of fifty years' standing. A 
certificate in recognition of these veterans is suggested. May 
we say that we consider it a worth-while recommendation. In 


Canada this procedure is followed, except we supply a twenty- 
five and fifty-year jewel. 

This splendid address concludes with words of appreciation 
for the valuable assistance rendered by the Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Treasurer's report is brief in the extreme. It 
indicates receipts of $6,053.81 and expenses of $5,980.47, with 
a total net worth of $8,183.69. 

It is with more than ordinary pleasure that we read the 
report of Grand Secretary Ford. From his report we learn 
that West Virginia enjoyed a substantial increase in member- 
ship. We find it difficult to pass Comp. Ford's report without 
a personal comment. His reports are always "different". He 
lays aside the official tone, so generally adopted by administra- 
tive officers, and presents a "chatty" resume of the year's hap- 
penings. He has occupied the office for a quarter of a century 
and thoroughly enjoys contact with the membership. May 
we quote a verse he uses — 

"We are standing on the threshold, We are in the open door, 
We are treading on the border land we have never trod before; 
Another year is opening, and many other years have gone, 
We have passed the darkness of the night, We are in the early morn. 
We have left the fields behind us, in Which we scattered seed; 
We pass into the future, which none of us can read. 
Then hasten to fresh labor, to thresh and reap and sow, 
And bid the new years welcome, and let the old years go. 
And gather all your vigor, press forward in the fight, 
And let this be your motto: For God and for the Right." 

It is noted that West Virginia confers six degrees in the 
Capitular Rite, "Past Master", "Select Master" and "Royal 
Master" are the three additional degrees. None of these are 
included in our system in Canada. 

George M. Ford writes the report on "Fraternal Corre- 
spondence", and as usual, it is most interesting. Speaking of 
loss of membership in recent years, Comp. Ford states that 
the fault is one which rests on the shoulders of the officers 
of the Royal Arch. We quote a few words — 

"Like humanity, we are placed here to weave out our own des- 
tiny, be it a loss or gain, we pass away; and in a short time we 
are forgotten. But Masonry will survive for untold time, and 
continue to have its influence, and this will be as we make it. 
Either for good or evil. But we are confident that Masons will 
live up to their reputation, and much good will result." 


From an eloquent report of the Committee on Necrology, 
we quote this beautiful thought — 

"Thus the seasons roll — springtime with its swelling buds and 
springtime flowers gives way to summer heat. Autumn foliage 
with its gorgeous hues turns into winter snows and the hands 
of the dial of time move swiftly and ceaselessly." 

The Committee on Education opens a very fine report by 
using Chaucer's words from the lawyer in Canterbury Tales. 
The Committee stated that, like the lawyer in the ancient tale, 
they beg leave to report that "it has seemed busier than it 
was". Apparently, this Committee is functioning quite suc- 

The election of officers resulted in E. A. Graham being ad- 
vanced to the Chair of Grand High Priest. We are happy to 
note that George M. Ford continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened on October 10, 1944. 

Canada's representative in West Virginia is Comp. W. H. 
Cramblett, while Comp. Harry J. McCullum carries the com- 
mission of West Virginia near our Grand Chapter. 


William A. Appel — Grand High Priest. 
Edward J. Treglown — Grand Secretary. 

The Thirty-Sixth Annual Convocation was held in Casper 
on July 11, 1944. 

Grand Chapter having been duly opened by M. Ex. Comp. 
Appel and prayer having been said by the Acting Grand Chap- 
lain, thirteen Past Grand High Priests were received and 
honored. Distinguished guests hailed from South Dakota and 
Nebraska. Officers of the Knights Templar and the Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Wyoming were also introduced 
and fittingly received with Grand Honors. Twenty-two Juris- 
dictions were represented by their Grand Representatives. 
Alas, Canada's Representative was not among those present. 

The address of the Grand High Priest proved to be a clear, 
concise, business-like presentation of the year's work. A per- 
usal of this address provides a splendid pen-picture of Royal 
Arch Masonry in Wyoming. 


After welcoming those present, M. Ex. Comp. Appel, re- 
ferring to world conditions, used these words — 

"In these tense and anxious days, let us be thankful that we 
can gather together and enjoy the freedom that is ours. Here we 
enjoy the blessings of a free people, free to worship God accord- 
ing to the dictates of our own conscience. That we may always 
enjoy these blessings should be our fervent prayers." 

After a few well-chosen remarks, with respect to the loss 
sustained during the year, through death among the member- 
ship, he listed his appointments to the Corps of Grand Repre- 
sentatives. Dispensations and decisions are also fully covered. 
It is noted with interest, that the fee for a dispensation in 
Wyoming is $5.00. Our charge in Canada is but $1.00. Per- 
haps we should take a leaf from Wyoming's book and increase 
our rate. 

Visitations were few in number, due to travel restrictions. 
M. Ex. Comp. Appel, in his comments on the "Condition of the 
Craft", speaks most encouragingly of the future and predicts 
still further increases in membership. Among his recommend- 
ations is one to reduce a Chapter quorum to five Companions. 
This is suggested purely as a war measure, to be effective until 
one year after the close of the war. The Committee on Juris- 
prudence, however, did not concur in the recommendation, 
which they state, is a breach of the Constitution and Ritual. 
This Correspondent is inclined to agree with this decision, as 
five is decidedly a limited number to carry on a Chapter's work 
and business. Pardon this outsider's comment. The address 
concludes with words of commendation for the officers of Grand 
Chapter and an expression of appreciation for the hearty co- 
operation of all. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates fiscal affairs on a 
comfortable basis and capably managed. Receipts in excess 
of expenditures and $5,000.00 invested in War Bonds. 

The Grand Secretary reports that exaltations were three 
and one-half that of last year and restorations one and one-half 
that of the previous year. The net result, a very fine gain in 

The Committee on Correspondence presented a report which 
is remarkable for its brevity. It contains little of interest and 
merely goes through the motions of bringing in a report. 


The election of officers resulted in Forest G. Wheeler being 
installed as Grand High Priest. Edward J. Treglown was re- 
elected Grand Secretary. 

Mason I. Chapin is our Representative in Wyoming, while 
our Grand Second Principal, Fred W. Dean, is Wyoming's rep- 
resentative in Canada. 

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